HARRISON, NJ - Installation of the state-of-the-art, underground field drainage and turf heating system for the playing field at Red Bull Arena will begin this week, just as the final roof panels protecting the entire 25,000-seat seating area move closer to being officially completed.
Once installed, the underground system, known as a SubAir System, will enable Red Bull Arena to fully control the field's moisture content and enable growth and temperature management for what will be a natural Kentucky bluegrass playing surface even during cold-weather months. Installation is expected to be complete in eight to ten weeks.
The SubAir System applies vacuum pressure to accelerate the speed at which moisture moves from the playing surface through the soil system. At the same time, the system can apply pressure through the subsoil pipes to stimulate moisture movement through the soil during particularly dry periods, as well as regulate the core temperature of the soil throughout the year to help stimulate grass growth. (For graphics on the SubAir System, please contact the Red Bulls Communications staff)
The Landtek Group of Amityville, Long Island, leaders in athletic field construction for more than 20 years, will oversee installation of the cutting-edge system, which has so far been implemented at some of the world's leading golf courses as well as at NFL and MLS stadiums in Seattle, Denver and Chicago. The system is also currently in place at Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets.
Fans can already see the dynamic stadium as all of the lower roof panels are installed making the stadium visible from the air and highways. Red Bull Arena is now noticeable for fans passing through Harrison on Interstate 280 and from the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as from the air.
Follow construction progress live: Two live webcams allow Red Bulls supporters to follow the progress of the construction at www.RedBullArena.us by clicking on the webcam icon on the right side of the toolbar.