It may not have gotten quite the attention it deserved in Dow's Gallery of Innovations in the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, given that the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing also was on display, replete with driving simulator, but the mock hockey pitch with artificial turf was kind of a big deal.
During NPE2015, Dow announced that the turf manufactured by sports surface provider Polytan STI using its polyethylene and polyurethane technologies had been selected as the official playing surface for hockey competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The two companies previously collaborated on artificial turf for the London Olympics in 2012.
The material is colorable, which allowed London 2012 to be the first Olympic hockey competition in history to be played on blue and pink turf. The blue color enabled players, officials, spectators and the media to keep their eyes on the ball more easily, because it provided a high level of contrast against the yellow ball and white lines.
Dow is the official chemistry company of the Rio Olympics.
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