The main competition pitch at the new hockey stadium for the 2006 men’s BDO Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, has been installed.

The installation 10 months before the tournament will allow the Polytan Megaturf pitch to settle and develop into a first-class playing surface before being used for World Cup action.

The BDO Hockey World Cup will be played from 6-17 September next year. Six teams have already booked their places - Argentina, Spain, Germany, India, Netherlands and South Africa - with another six to be added following the Oceania Cup in Fiji (15-19 November) and the BDO Hockey World Cup Qualifier in Changzhou City, China next April.