Don Hardman, the Chief Stadia Officer for the WWC, was in Edmonton to meet with venue managers from all six Women’s World Cup venues plus 18 training facilities.
Hardman said that negotiations are going well with BC Place’s owner, PavCo, to replace the surface.
“I think it will be replaced,” said Hardman.
He said taking out the old surface and putting in the new turf should take 12-20 days.
“Those are tight time frames, but it can be done.
In February, the World Rugby Sevens were awarded to Vancouver, with BC Place set to host the first of four tournaments in 2016. Rugby requires turf with longer blades than the current Polytan surface. So, when that tournament was confirmed, it was a done deal that new turf would be installed in time for that event. The remaining question was if the new surface would be laid down in time for the Women’s World Cup.
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