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Creation of new 3G pitch to get underway this autumn

Work has begun to create a new third generation (3G) pitch at the Falmer Sports Complex, replacing the northernmost existing grass sports pitch. The much-anticipated project will see the installation of a full-size, all-weather, floodlit pitch that can be used for both daytime and evening training and matches.

The new facility represents an important addition to the University’s capacity for sports, and it is expected that users of the new pitch will include University teams playing football, rugby, American football and ultimate frisbee.

It will also provide a venue for local community teams that we work in partnership with to play senior and junior football matches.

The new pitch will also serve other student and staff activities offered by Sussexsport, such as the Active Us programme, which encourages greater participation in physical activity amongst students.

Once finished, the new pitch will offer a modern, synthetic playing surface that meets FA standards and can be used for regulated football matches. Unlike natural grass pitches, the artificial surface is more robust and maintains a good playing surface, even during periods of poor weather.

Head of Sport, Simon Tunley, said: “We know that sport is important to many of our students and staff, and I am delighted that we are investing in our sports facilities at Sussex.

"The new full-size, floodlit 3G pitch will increase our capacity, allowing us to accommodate more training and matches that would otherwise be constrained by daylight and poor weather.

"We also welcome many members of the wider community who regularly use the sports facilities at Sussex, and the new pitch will represent an opportunity to extend and build on the valuable links we have with local sports clubs.”

Contractors Velocity Sports Ltd, who have been engaged to build the new pitch, are expected to start work toward the end of September, and the new pitch should be completed and available for use by around mid January. 

The works to create the pitch are not expected to impact current facilities, which will remain open throughout the construction period. Users of the tennis courts, 2G sand-dressed pitch, the current 3G training pitch and the full-size grass pitches will continue to be able to access these as normal.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 5 October 2018

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