The hockey pitch at University College Dublin (UCD) is now in its third refurbishment since it was first commissioned in the 1990’s. As the go-to pitch in Ireland for high level hockey games and tournaments, this latest upgrade sees the pitch brought up to global standards. To achieve the highest level of certification, the International Hockey Federation required a considerable investment from the university. The total for the project came in at around €600,000. Following a site investigation of the old pitch base, Sports Labs were appointed as specialist pitch consultants. A new design was put forward to re-level the pitch, refurbish the run-offs, and upgrade floodlighting and fencing. As planned, the pitch is providing a class surface for hockey and will hold the ultimate Olympic qualifier for Ireland in November.