After being sidelined by COVID-19 for several months The Western Sydney Wanderers have returned to training at the Western Sydney Wanderers Centre of Football. Benedict are proud to be major suppliers for the recently opened state of the art natural turf sports fields at Rooty Hill. Benedict’s Sports Turf profiles are hard wearing and the loamy sand texture gives effective drainage and compaction resistance, whilst also maintaining an acceptable level of water holding capacity for the Turf.

Field 6 at the Wanderers Centre of Football is an elite field intended for training and match play. This field was designed and constructed to replicate the playing conditions experienced at Western Sydney Stadium (Bankwest Stadium) – home ground for the Wanderers A-League team. Featuring a 150mm deep gravel drainage blanket (Benedict SmartMix 11) the playing surface is topped with a 300mm layer of Benedict SmartMix 1 amended with composted fowl manure. The turf species in AgriDark couch, which was washed prior to installation.

Fields 5,8 and 9 are designed as training and warm-up areas for the Wanderers Academy teams and Juniors. They have been designed and constructed to a very high standard, but the drainage and soil profile for these fields was altered with cost and carrying capacity considerations in mind. The turf species again is AgriDark couch, but was unwashed. The Academy fields are fully irrigated, predominantly with harvested stormwater and recycled water. Whilst there is no gravel drainage blanket, the subsoil drainage is extensive and capable of delivering rapid return to play after rain. The soil profile on Fields 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 is Benedict SmartMix 2 amended with composted fowl manure.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said that he looks forward to the club’s return to Bankwest Stadium. “We are excited to be returning to Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday 22 July and hope in the next two weeks we have some further clarification on allowing fans into stadium to support the team for our push to the finals,” said Tsatsimas.

With the team only 3 points away from making the final six Benedict wishes them all the best when they take on Melbourne Victory at Bankwest stadium on Wednesday 22 July.

Photo courtesy of Rees Electrical Engineering Services