Turf Technology Put to Test as Hockey Teams Gather in Rio for Olympic Rehearsal
Eight national teams were present at Rio 2016’s hockey test event at the Deodoro Olympic Park on Nov 24. The event marked the unveiling of the Brazilian-themed field-of-play colours.

HORGEN, Switzerland - December 09, 2015

The stage for hockey’s most anticipated competition is set. Four men’s and four women’s national teams gathered at the Deodoro Olympic Park, in Rio de Janeiro, from November 24th through the 28th for the test event called “Aquece Rio” – the most important technical rehearsal for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) is contributing with its resins to ensure a world-class, high-performing surface for the Olympic hockey tournament in Rio. Dow is a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Partner of the Olympic Games.

The warm up also marked the unveiling of an important component of Rio 2016’s “Look of the Games” visual identity: the colours of the field-of-play, a much-anticipated feature since the success of London 2012’s Riverbank Arena and its eye-catching blue and pink pitch. For Rio, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) decided for a blue pitch with green sidelines – a colour pattern that matches Rio 2016’s visual identity and reflects the vivid spirit of the first-ever Brazilian Olympic Games.  

World-class playing conditions

Rio 2016’s hockey competition will be played on an innovative synthetic turf system which uses Dow’s linear low density DOWLEX™ Polyethylene Resins in the yarn component as well as Dow’s polyurethanes technologies. The system is designed to deliver enhanced durability for increased pitch life, and a higher-performing and consistent field-of-play throughout the busy Olympic competition schedule. Colourability is a key attribute of the yarn component, enabling customized aesthetics and design for the playing surface.

The playing performance and quality of the pitch were a primary concern when developing the hockey turf system for Rio 2016. The tufted samples were inspected by the Rio 2016’s Venues Management and Look of the Games teams, as well as the FIH and the Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS), to ensure the selected colours met the specific requirements for players, officials, spectators and broadcasters alike.

“We are thrilled that Dow’s solutions and experience in supplying materials for world-class playing surfaces are setting the stage for one of the world’s most anticipated competitions in Rio,” commented Nathan Wiker, Global Marketing Director for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “Hockey is a fast game. The colours of the pitch will allow the spectators in the stadium and on television to follow the action more clearly because of the deeper contrast between the ball and the pitch.”

The Olympic hockey competition is scheduled to take place at the Olympic Hockey Centre in the Deodoro Olympic Park from August 6 to 19, 2016. It will feature the 12 best men's and 12 best women's teams from around the globe. The complex will include two competition pitches and one warm-up area.

For more information on Dow’s artificial turf at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, visit our website on www.dow.com/artificialturfsolutions/rio or follow us on Twitter on #DowTurf

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