Tauranga to benefit from revamp, including region’s first full-sized astroturf pitch

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Northern League club Tauranga City is to get the first full-sized astroturf football pitch to be in laid in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region.

The pitch is scheduled to be ready for play in the 2025 season.

Tauranga City Council have announced plans to revamp Links Avenue Reserve, the club’s home ground.

In a first for New Zealand, the turf will use fibres from sugar cane, rather than petroleum derivatives and microplastics. It is also compostable after use.

Enabling works to establish a carpark will start in May 2024. Field works are slated to commence in October 2024, ensuring readiness for the 2025 football season.

Main photo: How the planned facilities will look.

Brendon McHugh, chairperson of Tauranga City and trustee of FC Tauranga Moana, says the project will support the region’s growing requirements in grassroots, talent development and premier football.

“This investment aligns with our club’s strategic vision of reinstating male and female National League football to the region while bolstering grassroots football initiatives.

“The artificial turf will also unlock more football activity options, which the whole community can benefit from.”

Alison Law, spaces and places manager for TCC, said: “Football’s popularity in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty region is soaring, necessitating investments like these to meet the escalating demand.

“This initiative aims to cater to existing and future football needs, foster talent development initiatives, and encourage greater community involvement.”

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