New Stadium in London to Feature Retractable Grass Surface

When the NFL travels to London next fall, it will create an experience shared by no other American football teams before: playing on a retractable real turf football pitch sitting on top of an artificial playing surface.

That’s the challenge facing UK-based SCX Special Projects for the Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium set to open in 2018.

According to the e-newsletter SportTechie, a retractable natural grass surface will be the Spurs’ home turf. Designed in three pitch-long steel trays (each weighing more than 3,000 tons), the surface will retract into the South Stand to reveal an artificial surface. The process of making the switch will take approximately 25 minutes.

Want to see an animated video of the operation of the surface? Go here.

The artificial turf is expected to come into play when the stadium hosts concerts and other events, including NFL games. Tottenham reached a 10-year agreement with the NFL to host a minimum of two games per year at the new stadium.

In the NFL’s most recent foray to the U.K., Baltimore suffered a humiliating 44-7 loss at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Wembley next hosts the Saints playing the Dolphins on October 1. Two other games to be played in October are the Vikings vs the Browns, and the Cardinals vs. the Rams. Both those games will be played at Twickenham Stadium.

When the NFL travels to London next fall, it will create an experience shared by no other American football teams before: playing on a retractable real turf football pitch sitting on top of an artificial playing surface.

That’s the challenge facing UK-based SCX Special Projects for the Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium set to open in 2018.

According to the e-newsletter SportTechie, a retractable natural grass surface will be the Spurs’ home turf. Designed in three pitch-long steel trays (each weighing more than 3,000 tons), the surface will retract into the South Stand to reveal an artificial surface. The process of making the switch will take approximately 25 minutes.

Want to see an animated video of the operation of the surface? Go here.

The artificial turf is expected to come into play when the stadium hosts concerts and other events, including NFL games. Tottenham reached a 10-year agreement with the NFL to host a minimum of two games per year at the new stadium.

In the NFL’s most recent foray to the U.K., Baltimore suffered a humiliating 44-7 loss at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Wembley next hosts the Saints playing the Dolphins on October 1. Two other games to be played in October are the Vikings vs the Browns, and the Cardinals vs. the Rams. Both those games will be played at Twickenham Stadium.

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