For the first time ever, the Twickenham Stoop has been transformed from a rugby stadium into a hockey stadium. A breakthrough portable pitch system developed specifically to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards will see its first use at the FIH Pro League matches between Great Britain and New Zealand at the stadium on the 23rd June.
At the Stoop, the 15,000-seat home of Harlequins Rugby, interconnected Permavoid 85mm units cover the 6000m2 playing surface. Laid on a permeable geotextile, the units – manufactured from 100% recycled polypropylene - are topped with a flexible shock pad tuned to maintain the level integrity of the finished surface. The entire pitch has taken the installation team two weeks to complete. After the FIH matches, every element used in its construction will be re-used, clearly showing the versatility and environmental compatibility of the system.