London 2012 Olympic Pitch officially opened in Sheffield

A game underway on Sheffield's Olympic Pitch

Last weekend Sheffield's new Olympic Pitch was officially opened, tying in with Harvester's National Club Weekend and the new season which starts next week.

Head of sport services at Sheffield Hallam, Dan Porter, said:
"We couldn't ask for a better example of the Olympic legacy in action. Our students will benefit greatly from the Olympic hockey pitch. It is obviously a world-class facility, and I'm sure they will feel inspired when they play and compete for the University on the iconic blue turf."

Sally Walton Opens Olympic PitchMuch of the work to relay the pitch was done during May and June and although the first match on the new surface was played in June, the 8th September marked its official opening for use at Abbeydale Sports Club in Sheffield, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

LOCOG chairman Seb Coe said: "This is an example of the legacy of London 2012. The pitch will be used by both the local community and elite hockey players as well as for the School Games. It will also give the club a piece of Olympic history", so Sheffield can look forward to continuing that legacy with their bright new pitch.

The pitch will host the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games in September, the first major event to be held on the new pitch. Most of the old pitch in Sheffield has been recycled into hanging baskets, but part was used to create pitches in Bulgaria and Ireland.