The biggest sporting championship of the region, prestigious South Asian Games were slated to be held in India in 2016.
The dates of the tournament were fixed by the organizing committee but the venue for Hockey was still under not decided. With only 4 months left to the commencement of SAG 2016, the venue was fixed as Guwahati. A town in the far east of India, with accessibility which was not the best.
Edel Grass and Purple Seas Sports and Technology were reached out.
With only 110 days to the opening game of SAG 2016, the team at Edel Grass & Purple Seas came together to complete the hockey turf at the games stadium and practice stadium for hosting these prestigious games at such a short period.
Every day was crucial and everything was still in pieces. How could Edel Grass & PSST put up this great show for every one in record time. Some of the finest minds in the sports industry got together and a core team formed!
The core team comprised of specialists from designing, engineering, logistics and manufacturing teams. Owing to the crunch of time, the team formed a solution that turf would be manufactured and airlifted in batches instead of shipping in one go via sea.
So, while one batch was being manufactured in the factory, the other was at the airport ready to be transported and yet another was being installed at the ground. It was the first time in Indian Hockey history that something like this was happening.
A second challenge was to find the available airline transport slots. Two shipping container loads were not an easy task to fit into airplanes. Every KG of turf on ship meant 10 times cost on an airplane.
The logistics team called in representatives from all major airlines flying from Netherlands to India. After days of discussion, a leading airline was finalized and they took responsibility of flying the turf to India.
After many hits and misses, exhausting timelines, erratic schedules the pitches at Guwahati were finally ready for the games.
As for the games. The Sports Association was applauded by every government minister involved in the project. SAG 2016 was a success, players enjoyed their play here,the pitch was appreciated by everyone.