Tottenham reveal plans for ‘world-first’ dividing retractable pitch at new stadium
By Community | September 7, 2017
Tottenham Hotspur have revealed the dividing retractable pitch they plan to install at their new stadium.
Sheffield engineering specialist SCX has been selected to supply the pitch at the “ground-breaking” arena.
The fully retractable grass surface will be used for football fixtures while the artificial pitch underneath will be capable of staging NFL matches, music concerts and a wide range of other events.
Matthew Collecott, Director of Operations & Finance, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are pleased to confirm SCX as our official Retractable Pitch Supplier.
“SCX has a proven track record in delivering innovative solutions and this bespoke pitch mechanism will allow our new stadium to host a range of major events in addition to Tottenham Hotspur matches, as we strive to create a venue that is a hive of activity all year round.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 7, 2017
SCX’s has implemented similar engineering technology to win contracts for the retractable roofs at both Centre Court and Number One Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.
SCX managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We have a solid reputation for problemsolving in bespoke circumstances that involve moving and lifting huge structures at sporting venues. All of the mechanical and control system engineering skills are in-house and genuinely world class.”
Danny Pickard, SCX’s lead engineer, added: “Our expertise and heritage enables us to push the boundaries of moving structures and precision engineering.
“This latest pitch technology embodies everything we strive for and care about – delivering precisely what the client needs, with the engineering flair that has become a hallmark of SCX. We are so very proud to deliver this engineering world first.”