Inglewood Heads Down The Same Track As Rio

Following the style popular in Brazil, we’ve just ordered our new Super X Performance Mondo track for the TET Stadium! This is the same type of track that the world’s top athletes will compete on at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, and was the surface of choice for the Daegu World Championships 2011 and for eight Olympic Games.

At TET Stadium our Super X Performance track will provide the optimum blend of energy return, comfort, safety and durability for both competition and training activities, and feature alternate lanes of dashing mustard yellow and terracotta. As Frank Sinatra said, “Orange is the happiest colour.” This track will have all our athletes smiling.

Ordering the new Mondo track marks an exciting new phase in the track upgrade project, which has taken four years to get to this point. The first critical step was to solve the drainage problems that have plagued the track for almost ten years. This was made possible by the generous contribution of time, engineering and project management expertise of Opus Consulting. After reviewing the data available, they concluded that the bubbling of the track surface was likely to be caused by the unfortunate convergence of several factors: intense rainfall, inefficient subsoil drainage, seepage of water into the pavement, and upward movement of the water leading to formation of water vapour as the sun heated the pavement. (Yeah, that’s what I was thinking! Ed.) The solution to this unique problem was to install new drains immediately under the soil surface (i.e. subsoil) on the inside and outside of the track using a modern geo-composite panel drain system called Megaflo®) to improve drainage capacity and rate. We also installed a piped stormwater system to improve surface and groundwater drainage.

In the next phase, we will remove the old synthetic track and re-lay the asphalt ready to begin installation of the new Mondo track in late October. We are grateful for the contribution of local firm, BTW Company, who will now step in to take over project management of the track removal and preparation of the surface for the new Olympic-class Mondo track.

The Taranaki Community Stadium Trust thanks the Taranaki Electricity Trust and the TSB Community Trust for their generosity, which ensured that this project was able to go ahead. We are delighted that national athletic events will once again be a feature of the Taranaki sporting calendar.

No other track has seen as many world records broken, and we are looking forward to seeing some future athletic stars excelling on our world-class track surface.

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