Otago Hockey Association hockey and facilities manager Sam Brown with the underlay of the McMillan Centre turf yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
You've left it too late if you're in the market for about
eight tonnes of what is effectively green carpet.
About 20 or so willing bodies spent the weekend prying up the
old No 1 turf at the McMillan Hockey Centre and rolling it
into neat stacks.
"All going according to plan, Tiger Turf will start laying
the new surface at the beginning of December and have it done
by Christmas," Otago Hockey Association hockey and facilities
manager Sam Brown said.
The cost of resurfacing the No 1 ground is "all up, about
$400,000". The Dunedin City Council is contributing $30,000
for facility and maintenance costs each year for the next 10
"That has allowed us to take out a loan to pay for the
resurfacing now because it was due," Brown said.
"The No 1 pitch wasn't usable for the top level stuff any
"It went down about 14 years ago and they have a life
expectancy of up to 10 years, so it did really well. It was
well maintained and well looked after and was still playable
for the lower grades right up until the end."
The No 2 turf was resurfaced in 2009 and it took three years
to get rid of the last of the old turf.
Until "about a month ago" there was still some of it stacked
in a corner of the venue.
No such problems this time.
Queen's High School and Tokomairiro High School are the new
proud owners of the artificial turf.
Brown described it as a win-win situation. The schools got a
quality second-hand artificial playing surface and the OHA
got "satellite facilities".
The OHA has capped numbers in the summer leagues to minimise
disruption while the No 1 turf is out of service.
"We planned for it, which meant our numbers will be down for
the summer and our other turf will be at capacity."