Smurfturf goes global

The launch of the blue and pink Olympic hockey pitch – already dubbed ‘smurfturf’ – and the announcement that the ball used in the Olympic Games will be yellow, have captured the interest of the media and the Twittersphere alike.

With all of the mainstream media covering it, plenty of people have been having their say about hockey just nine months out from the start of London 2012.

Sky Sports News – Olympic hockey goes blue (with video)
BBC Sport – London 2012 Olympics hockey pitch unveiled
Push Hockey  - London 2012 hockey will be played with yellow balls (and the picture they didn’t want you to see)
Evening Standard – The outlook for hockey at 2012 is bright
More than the Games – Blue is the colour for GB hockey coach Lee

And from further afield...
Times of India – Players try out blue Olympic hockey pitch
ESPN - Players try out blue Olympic field hockey pitch

And on Twitter...
Max Rushden of Soccer AM (@maxrushden) - watching @SkySportsNews getting excited about the Olympics. BIG BLUE HOCKEY PITCH.

Crista Cullen (@cristacullen5), GB defender - Great to see the official launch of the 2012 pitch... Getting so exciting!

Anne Panter (@AnniePanter) GB midfielder - An extra hard session this morning in front of the media for LOCOG's official launch of the Olympic Park #smurfturf

@Aqua_Rach – Love it! RT @EnglandHockey: Olympic hockey pitch unveiled: Great Britain women show off the Olympic 'smurfturf'...

@jordantorilla @EnglandHockey the new blue pitch looks amazing! Can't wait until we get one @eghockeyclub

@HDurston Good exposure for @EnglandHockey on Sky Sports News... not sure about the tenuous link to tennis via ball colour tho! #2012

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