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Innovative Stadium Roof: Subcontract Announced
Press Release: Forsyth Barr Stadium
26 August 2009

INNOVATIVE STADIUM ROOF: SUBCONTRACT ANNOUNCED

The contract for supplying and installing the permanent roof for the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza has been awarded to Vector Foiltec, Stadium Trust Chairman Malcolm Farry announced today.

The Forsyth Barr Stadium roof will be the first ever permanent roof over a natural playing surface, using 20,558 square metres of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene).

The transparent ETFE panels allow sunlight onto the pitch for natural turf growth while providing protection from the elements for spectators and players. The roofing system consists of ETFE sandwiched within an aluminium frame which is inflated with low pressure air to provide stability and resist wind and snow loads.

The successful contractor, Vector Foiltec, invented ETFE roofing and has a track record of successful installations around the world.
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