Leverkusen, Germany - The German Football Association (DFB) is investing Euro 25 million ($40 million) to build 1000 miniature playing fields, made quieter and safer by being fenced with a total of 100 000 sq.m of metal-faced sandwich panels incorporating a polyurethane foam system from Bayer MaterialScience.
In terms of funding, the project is the largest in the DFB's more than 100-year history, said an 18 July BMS announcement. Most of the playing fields are to be completed by the end of this year.
Each field of artificial turf, with granulated rubber infill and a flexible base, is 13 m by 20 m, with a perimeter pathway and access.
The fencing around the field of panels with integrated goals, must meet high demands: withstanding impacts with players, and acting as a sound-absorber in order not to annoy the community.
Metal-faced sandwich panels with steel facings and a polyurethane rigid foam core do the job, and are manufactured for by Fischer Profil GmbH of Netphen-Deuz, Germany, which BMS says is "a leading European manufacturer of polyurethane-based structural components for roofs and walls in commercial buildings."