ECLIPSE Stabilised Turf
In 2017 Doncaster Knights initiated a long-term development plan at Castle Park. They invested in a new HYBRID surface for the main pitch to enable more training sessions and matches for the Knights, and also to allow all Doncaster Phoenix matches to be played on the new surface.
During the summer of 2017, Castle Park’s main pitch underwent an extensive off-season transformation with the old surface being removed and replaced with a Hybrid system; County Turf's ECLIPSE Stabilised Turf.
With a full season over, the Hybrid system of ECILPSE Stabilised Turf successfully withstood an impressive 34 games, 4 festivals and up to 3 training sessions a week. Now a year on, the pitch has seen its first renovation works completed over the summer with astounding results.
This is all made possible by the unique way ECLIPSE Stabilised Turf is designed. The design means that during the renovation process all the old grass and organic material can be completely removed by bespoke renovation machinery. After years of research and testing it has been proved that by using this machinery it allows a full clean out at the end of each season. This enables the surface to be re-seeded as if it was starting afresh, producing a debris free surface to ensure maximum performance of the pitch for the seasons to follow.
ECLIPSE Stabilised Turf has a significant presence in rugby, being the surface at the 2003 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, as well as in use at elite rugby stadiums including Welford Road and Eden Park.
ECLIPSE is 100% natural grass, grown in a unique patented stabilised mat which is perfect for the aesthetic and athletic demands of rugby. It meets all the governing body regulations and is maintained exactly as per a traditional turf surface.