Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India:
The Corporation Stadium in Thrissur, Kerala becomes the only Football field in India to currently have a FIFA 2-Star certification - the highest rating for artificial turf from FIFA. This world-class Football field was conceptualized and planned by the Kerala Government for the upcoming 35th National Games to be held from January, 15th, 2015.
The synthetic turf was imported from the world leader in artificial grass, FieldTurf, USA. This project was meticulously planned, designed, engineered and installed by Great Sports Infra Pvt. Ltd - FieldTurf’s exclusive licensee for Southeast Asia.
The FIFA recommended 2-Star certification is issued after a series of both on-site and lab tests conducted by a FIFA approved laboratory. The on-field tests included vertical ball rebound, angled ball rebound, ball roll, shock absorption, rotational resistance, linear friction and deformation, while the product’s composition and resillence were tested with special equipment in the lab.
“We thank the National Games Secretariat for giving us this opportunity to be part of this prestigious national event. This is one of 5 projects – including two IAAF standard athletic tracks, FIH standard Hockey field and Futsal field - that we are executing for the National Games.” says GSI Managing Director, Mr. Anil Kumar.
“Passing a FIFA 2-Star test is a true testimony to FieldTurf system’s quality, performance and durability. And we complement this with our vast experience and engineering skills in executing these projects as per world-class standards. It’s also good to know that Kerala Blasters (Kochi’s Franchise) for the maiden Indian Super League have set-up their training base at Corporation Stadium, Thrissur.” says GSI Director of Operations, Lt. Col. John K John.
Great Sports Infra has, to date, installed over 100 sports fields in India, including over 15 FIFA standard Football fields, FIH approved hockey fields, IAAF certified athletic tracks, and several indoor & outdoor sports facilities for the government, defence, educational institutions, corporate campuses, residential societies & training academies.
About Great Sports Infra
Great Sports Infra is the company that is redefining sports infrastructure in the SAARC region. In 2004, it was the first company in India to introduce the next-generation artificial grass - FieldTurf - which "Looks Like Grass...Feels Like Grass...Plays Like Grass" and today, there are over 5,000 installations across 230 cities & towns in India. These include projects for World Military Games, the iconic Salt Lake stadium, National Games etc.
GSI is also partnered with other world leaders in sports surfacing solutions like Tarkett Sports (for various Indoor and Outdoor surfaces), SnapSports (Interlocking modular sports flooring), Porplastic (synthetic athletic tracks), SubAir (turf conditioning system), Terraplas (turf protection system), Tennis Inc., (synthetic acrylic courts) etc.
Prominent clients include Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Infosys, Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Hero Honda, Reliance Industries and many more.
Great Sports Infra is a winner of the CII-Business Line ‘Emerging Entrepreneur' Award 2012 and finalist of the prestigious TATA NEN Hottest Startups and ET-Power of Ideas.
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