Bologna: renovation of the “Terrapieno” athletics track

The Alma Mater and the CUSB have renovated and upgraded the entire sports area, inaugurating in October the facility that will be approved to host national and international competitive events. In this way, a high-level multidisciplinary sports complex was returned to the university community and the city.

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The University of Bologna and the Centro Sportivo Universitario (CUSB) have renovated and upgraded the sports facility, which will be homologated to host national and international competitive events.
The efficiency upgrades are part of a wide-ranging redevelopment project for university sports facilities, which the university and CUSB have carried out in recent years with the aim of further improving the quality of the services made available to their students and employees, moving closer to the best practices in this field at European level.

The planned interventions are: the redevelopment of the athletics track, the transformation of the “secondary” natural grass field into a multi-sport training field (hockey, flying disc, football and 7-a-side football) with artificial grass, the installation of light towers to illuminate the multi-sport field and the athletics track.
The athletics track was no longer usable, as the flooring had deteriorated and portions were missing; the platforms and pits were also no longer usable.

The work involved ordinary maintenance and renovation work, which partly modified the existing layout, since an accurate survey of the area showed an unsuitable radius of curvature, which was remodelled according to the existing straights, and, by positioning the new grating channels inside the ring and the new kerbs outside, the correct inclination dictated by the standards was achieved.
Throughout the track and the footpaths, the bituminous surface was replaced and the wearing course was resurfaced with a professional sports surface, which offers exceptional acceleration performance and greater tread elasticity. It is also fast and boasts excellent shock absorption.

Particularly innovative features include the ‘Polytan Smartracks’, an advanced professional training diagnostics system for everyday use, which enables the documentation and detailed analysis of training content by placing magnets in two lanes of the track and in an extension jump platform.
Further improvements have been made to all the jumping and throwing platforms.