Hockey players will compete on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games following an announcement from the London 2012 Organising Committee today.
Traditionally hockey is played on a green surface but Locog have approved the move to blue, which should provide a striking contrast with the white ball and pitch markings.
In a further break with the tradition, the pitch run off areas will be coloured pink, to offer what Locog describe as a “striking and dynamic look” to the Hockey Centre.
The venue, which is a temporary stadium based at the northern end of the Olympic Park, will be completed in the spring of 2012. The main pitch will host all the 76 matches played between July 29 and August 11.
Team GB hockey international Alex Danson was involved in the colour testing and backed Locog’s decision to go with blue.
“The London Blue pitch is great,” she said. “It provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and I quickly adapted to the change.
“I really like the pink surround as well. It’s another great example of hockey’s willingness to lead the way and try new things. It will certainly make the sport stand out in 2012.”
With plans for the Hockey Centre at an advanced stage and the Velodrome and Mountain Bike Course already completed this year, Locog appears to be avoiding any headaches with venue construction that have blighted the build-up to other Games.