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UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Project Completed: 2010

Located on the South West Coast of British Columbia, Thunderbird Stadium, home to the UBC Thunderbird’s football, soccer and rugby teams was given the nickname the “mud bowl” as the long, wet BC Fall and Winter would take an enormous toll of the field conditions rendering it nearly un-playable at times. To combat this recurring problem the University considered artificial turf as an alternative, however, the surface needed to be a high-performance stadium-grade artificial turf product that would be capable of hosting high levels of competition for a variety of sports including football, soccer and rugby. Rugby in particular was a concern as the facility was often used as a site for high-profile Rugby events in British Columbia including hosting Canadian International Rugby matches and the BC High-School championships. Centaur worked with the University to provide and install an artificial turf surface that would achieve both FIFA Recommended 2-Star status and IRB certification as well as retain this high quality over the long term. The result was a Polytan LigaTurf 265 RS+ ACS 90 System with Poly-Shock Pad underlayment to ensure the highest levels of player safety woul be achieved. The field was the first artificial turf field in BC to receive FIFA Recommended 2-Star Status as well as the first to receive IRB Certification. In addition to the artificial turf for the main stadium playing field, Centaur performed seating upgrades for several sections of the Stadium as well as supplied and installed additional artificial turf for non-competition areas of the player entranceway and warm-up areas.

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