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London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

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The evolution of the Olympic hockey pitch

July 16, 2012
Time lapse video shows just how busy Riverbank Arena is

The Riverbank Arena has been a busy venue since it officially opened for business in May. Following the Visa International Invitational Tournament held at the start of May, there has been more than 80 hours of play on the main competition pitch, facilitated by the LOCOG hockey sport management team.

And now hockey fans can see first hand everything that went into building the venue in time lapse video released by LOCOG.

In addition to use by international teams from Australia, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and Great Britain, there have been junior international training sessions which have been designed to ensure all areas of the pitch have been played on. All of these users have provided LOCOG with formal feedback and there have beenwith overwhelmingly positive comments received, especially regarding the speed and consistency that the ball travels across the surface in any direction. 

“It is always important that a new pitches get a lot of play to ensure that they have an even playing surface,” said LOGOC Hockey Sport Manager Sue Catton. “We had a tight schedule with which to work, but with thanks to great enthusiasm from both local and international teams we have exceeded our expectations and can say that all four of the pitches have been well-used in advance of the the Olympic debut on July 29.”

As well as international players, LOCOG also set up a summer league in which more than 150 members of staff competed in seven- a -side games twice a week over a three week period.

Before the start of the Games, there will also be over an additional100 105 training hours of additional training on the competition pitch ensuring that the eye-catching Riverside Arena will be ready when the top 24 teams in the world go for Gold in London.

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