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Commonwealth Games 2014

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gets underway today in host city Glasgow, with the opening ceremony taking place tonight in Celtic Park.

The games are set to be the largest multi sport event ever held in Scotland, with 70 nations participating. Teams are set to compete in over 260 events in 17 sports over 11 days, in what is looking like the most memorable games yet.

The list of events cover everything from cycling to gymnastics and weightlifting but we are looking into some of the games sports which have been influenced and improved by the use of artificial grass.

Hockey

Artificial grass has improved this sport more than most, and is widely used on pitches around the world. Artificial turf is ideal for hockey, where ball play needs to be fast and dynamic. Water based artificial pitches are most commonly used in hockey as they offer increased protection for players, superb durability and top ball speed.

Lawn Bowls

The playing surface is possibly the most important element in a game of bowls. Artificial grass not only offers a superior playing surface, but its durability, play-ability, and low maintenance have all led to artificial turf being accepted by bowlers at the highest level of the game.

Rugby Sevens

Major technical improvements have meant that artificial grass rugby fields have never been better. Sliding around on muddy, poor quality pitches can hinder a player’s performance, so the latest products provide a quality surface upon which to play the game.

Athletics

The performance of an athletics field depends upon the integrity of the entire turf system. Artificial grass is helping the athletics industry with innovative solutions in training areas, being implemented to replicate the look and feel of natural turf.

We are looking forward to watching the opening ceremony and wish all teams competing the best of luck in the Commonwealth Games!