ENGINEERING specialists SCX have been selected as the supplier of a retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
The Wincobank firm will build a grass football pitch which sits above an artificial one to be used for NFL games and music concerts.
The football field will sit in three steel trays weighing more than 3,000 tonnes each, which slide under one of the stands.
SCX managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We have a solid reputation for problem solving in bespoke circumstances that involve moving and lifting huge structures at sporting venues.
“All of the mechanical and control system engineering skills are in-house and genuinely world class.”
Lead engineer Danny Pickard added: “Our expertise and heritage enables us to push the boundaries of moving structures and precision engineering.
“This latest pitch technology embodies everything we strive for and care about. We are so very proud to deliver this engineering world first.”
Artist impression of the NFL pitch
The new 61,000-seater White Hart Lane is expected to open for the 2018/19 season and switching between pitches should take 25 minutes.
SCX’s selection follows the firm’s success in using similar technology for retractable roofs at Wimbledon’s Centre Court and No1 Court.