Dunedin sports teams have new premium TigerTurf multi-sport courts in the Edgar Centre, with the installation of TigerTurf’s Advantage multi-sport surface on 14 of its courts.
The new TigerTurf multi-sport surface
replaces the existing turf, which had been
in constant use since the Edgar Centre
was opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth.
Since that date, the venue has proven to
be even more popular with the Dunedin
community than had been expected, and
that popularity is still growing.
With the community courts in use for several different sports every day, thousands of feet were pounding the turf, year after year.
• The new surface had to perform well for hockey, tennis and netball, and it had to be tough.
• The well-worn older turf was removed; the uneven sub-base patched to provide a stable, safe support for the playing surface.
• A rubber shock pad was laid under the TigerTurf Advantage synthetic turf to protect players, absorbing repetitive impact that might cause injury or strains.
• The courts are permanently marked for tennis, netball and hockey in bright yellow and white on a bright green turf with a deep blue border.
The effect is impressive, and gives spectators a very clear view of the courts.
• TigerTurf Advantage’s curly fibres entrap the sand infil making it ideal for netball.
• Advantage is manufactured with a yarn designed to be non-reflective under floodlights
• The surface, classed as medium to fast, takes spin and offers excellent grip for several sports
• Even after heavy use, this surface will give high performance, resilience and durability.
Dunedin sports people will be training and keeping fit on these courts for decades.
The project was funded by grants from the Dunedin Community Trust and the Lotteries Commission, supplemented by fundraising by the Edgar Centre.