‘Smurf turf’ set for Abbeydale

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THE iconic blue and pink Olympic hockey pitch will have a new home with Sheffield Hockey Club chosen to receive the turf as part of its Olympic legacy following a comprehensive bidding process.

In partnership with Sheffield Hallam University the hockey club will have the turf re-laid at its Abbeydale Sports Club in time for hosting the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in September.

The blue artificial turf with its brilliant pink surround, nicknamed the ‘smurf turf’, was one of the stand-out images of the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford and it will now make the 163 mile journey north from the Riverbank Arena to its new home.