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Stadium pitch design

STRI is the leading global pitch design and consultancy specialist for professional sports surfaces in stadiums.

Our design hubs, in the UK and Australia, have directed the construction of over 180 exceptional quality stadium pitches in over 30 countries.

We have worked on surfaces across a wide range of sports including football, golf, rugby, tennis, cricket, equestrian, bowls, Australian Rules and US Sports. Everything from large all-seater stadiums all the way across to parks and school pitches.

STRI’s philosophy is to always use a robust science based, rigorous approach to design – leaving nothing to chance. We provide detailed and practical advice on all elements of stadia design that may have an impact on the playing surface.


Renovation of Mbombela Stadium ahead of World Cup

Renovation of Mbombela Stadium ahead of World Cup


In a rapidly moving industry we pride ourselves on remaining at the fore of pitch design technology, and our cutting edge approach to a project always begins with the end user requirements.

From the initial brief to the completion of a project, we will work with you to understand your budgets, constraints and stakeholder expectations. We will also assist with your technical, legislative and planning challenges. Working with our integrated in-house CAD team, soils laboratory, planning application support services and research facilities, we are able to provide innovative and bespoke design solutions that set the industry standard.


Manchester City - Etihad Stadium


Our specialists have unique experience of designing and managing successful stadium pitches that are capable of hosting major tournaments, in climates all over the world. We have successfully masterminded the installation of pitches used for UEFA European Championships, FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.

We have an unwavering commitment to in-house research and development and industry body participation to help direct our design services. No other sports turf consultancy can offer such a comprehensive and holistic approach to sports surface design.

Our bespoke services include:


Pitch design and installation

We provide pitch designs, specifications, feasibility studies, inception reports and total solution delivery with full project management for all types of stadium pitches.



Pitch care and advice

STRI consultants will assess and give practical advice on how to maintain the playing quality of your pitch.



Early establishment at Otkritie Arena, showing effects of shade



Stadium pitch light and shade analysis

Our designers will form detailed contour maps of light/shade levels, using customised ‘Hemiview’ software and make recommendations for supplementary lighting.

This analysis can be carried out as a design exercise before a stadium is built or on a stadium pitch, post construction.



Extreme climate management

ISASS is an innovative undersoil system, used to control the temperature and moisture levels across the pitch; particularly useful for extreme climates and environments.


STRI_ISASS_Metalist_Stadium, Kharkiv

STRI ISASS (vacuum and ventilation system) was successfully installed under the Shakhtar Donetsk pitch



Emergency pitch remediation and problem solving

We will assess problem areas on pitches and provide guidance on how to improve your sports turf, quickly and effectively.

Fire-fighting problems during live tournaments is one of our specialities.



Drainage and irrigation solutions

We develop effective solutions for either new or upgraded drainage and irrigation systems.



Testing turf for renovation after a concert



Pitch management for events and concerts

Our experts specialise in effectively managing and restoring pitches for major events.

Our specialists provide practical advice to stadium managers and stakeholders when planning and managing major event or concert on the stadium turf.



Improving skills and knowledge training

Our consultants run bespoke courses with information on the latest research, products, techniques and machinery to use in maintenance regimes.