It was all hands to the pump at Sky Stadium after the incredible Ed Sheeran concert in Wellington in February, which drew a record 48,000 crowd.
10,000 square metres of turf had to be removed and replaced, where temporary flooring had been put down for Ed’s stage, vehicles and equipment.
A big team from Mexteds was on site on Waitangi Day to begin taking off the top 90mm of turf with three diggers operating. We then spread 864 tonnes of sand and power-harrowed it in to the existing sand layer to blend it together, before compacting the surface and then grading it to within 2 or 3mm using our Fendt 512 tractor fitted out with a box grader, controlled by our Leica Total Station, ready for laying new turf from Turflands in Palmerston North.
The following week HG Turf Group and a small team from Mexteds began the turf rollout and by the weekend the Stadium was sorted, ready for a busy calendar of sport in March.