It's all Systems Grow at new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

12th October 2018

SCX Special Projects, in partnership with SGL and Hewitt Sportsturf, has developed the world-first integrated pitch grow lighting system now in operation at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

  • Revolutionary moving structure to store, move and deploy the grow lights has been engineered by SCX for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Joint effort between Tottenham Hotspur, SCX, SGL and Hewitt Sportsturf has delivered a world-first integrated grow lighting system.
  • Design enables grow lights to have full coverage of the pitch without any impact on the grass surface.
  • Integrated system is quicker and more effective to operate than traditional ‘wheeled-in’ units used at other stadiums, including White Hart Lane.

 

SCX Special Projects' innovative pitch grow lights at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium

SCX Special Projects' innovative pitch grow lights at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium

 

The revolutionary moving structure weighs approximately 120 tonnes, with 864 individual lights covering a total of 7,525 square metres.

Grow lighting systems are used to create an optimum growing environment when there is limited direct sunlight getting to the grass, as is the case in most large stadia.

The old pitch grow lighting system at White Hart Lane consisted of traditional ‘wheeled-in’ units that were rolled onto the pitch and manoeuvred into position.

The Club, along with engineers from SCX and SGL, have now developed an integrated system that is quicker and more effective to operate from a dedicated storage room underneath the North Stand.

From here, the structure is lifted hydraulically onto rails that are permanently mounted on the east and west pitch trays, and then it seamlessly rolls from one end of the pitch to the other.

This enables full coverage of the pitch without equipment ever coming directly into contact with the grass surface. There is even enough distance between the pitch and the grow lighting system to enable ground staff to continue tending to the grass while the system is in use.

An irrigation system is fitted on top of the structure so the grass can be watered from above when the units are in use.

 

Close-up of SCX Special Projects' innovative pitch grow lights at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium

Close-up of SCX Special Projects' innovative pitch grow lights at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium 

 

Darren Baldwin, Head of Playing Surfaces and Estates, Tottenham Hotspur, said:

“We are proud that a collaborative approach between the Club, SGL, SCX and Hewitt Sportsturf has resulted in such an innovative design.

“The Club is striving for excellence throughout the stadium and this technology could be a trendsetter for pitch care in stadia across the world.”

The grow lights system follows on from another world-first at the stadium – just over a year ago, Tottenham Hotspur and SCX revealed its design for a ground-breaking, dividing retractable pitch, making the stadium the first of its kind in the UK to have two pitches inside the same bowl to create a truly world-class, multi-use venue.