23 Sep 2016

Biggest Indoor Pitch in Europe at Oriam, Scotland

Scotland, Edinburgh

Oriam, part of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh is a breathtaking £33m sporting centre with modern architecture and the latest in fitness and performance facilities.

With two GreenFields MX pitches already in situ at the university, in Scotland, it was decided that a final GreenFields surface would be added to complete the pitches at the impressive new centre. The final pitch is situated inside with a large dome ceiling and a playing height of 28m in the centre and 15m on the side lines. The indoor facility is a 116m x 76m GreenFields MX TriMension woven pitch, built to FIFA 2 Star and World Rugby Standard which can enable full sized and small sided football and rugby matches to be played on it.

“We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the surface delivered by GreenFields. The feedback we have had from performance groups, such as Scottish Rugby and the Scottish FA, echoes our sentiments.”

Ross Campbell, Director, Oriam

As the biggest indoor pitch in Europe, this facility has already made the history books despite only opening at the end of August by holding the first competitive indoor football match in Scotland. The Hibernian v Hearts SPFL Development League match christened the new facility in front of a crowd of more than 400 in the new spectator stands at Oriam. And with Hibernian taking up a season-long residence at the spectacular roofed arena, this indoor match looks to be the first of many.

Hibernian Coach, Grant Murray interviewed for STV News commented on the new surface: “The surface and the facilities are fantastic and we are privileged to get to use it this season.”

All three pitches have utilised GreenFields MX TriMension sports turf which is an innovative woven product chosen by top clubs around the world including: Arsenal F.C., Charlton Athletic F.C and Falkirk F.C. The innovative woven technology enables high resilience and offers a natural surface for exceptional play to take place on.

GreenFields offers a full design and installation service in both England and Wales, our partner in Scotland, specialist pitch constructor- Allsports Construction and Maintenance Ltd was responsible for the installation of all three GreenFields MX pitches at Oriam and has worked alongside GreenFields on a number of high profile projects.

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