The New Tottenham Stadium: How ATA Played a Part in the World’s First Retractable Football Pitch

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In September 2017, SCX and SCX Special Projects Ltd announced that it had been chosen to supply the world’s first dividing retractable football pitch to Tottenham Hotspur for their brand-new London stadium.

ATA Recruitment is proud to have worked alongside SCX Special Projects, the bespoke engineering arm of Sheffield-based SCX, to recruit the best quality engineers for the project.

Specialising in technical recruitment for over 50 years, ATA has made thousands of successful placements across a variety of sectors. Our proven success in finding the best talent in the market meant we were a perfect fit to supply engineers to SCX for the Tottenham Hotspur project.

The Tottenham Hotspur Project

SCX has designed, engineered, built and installed the innovative real turf football pitch, which sits in three pitch-long steel trays, weighing more than 3,000 tonnes each.

The fully retractable grass surface will be used for football matches whilst the artificial pitch underneath will be used for NFL matches, music concerts and a range of other events to protect the integrity of both playing surfaces.

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SCX’s supplier agreement with Tottenham Hotspur follows their success in using similar engineering technology to win contracts for the retractable roofs over Centre Court and Number One Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.

The stunning new stadium opened on Sunday the 24th of March and is now the largest in London with a capacity of 61,000. The club aims to deliver an unrivalled fan experience.

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