Desso GrassMaster

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Desso GrassMaster is a sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres. The artificial grass fibres are injected 20 centimetres (7.9 in) deep, and cover about 3% of the surface. While the grass is growing, the roots intertwine with the artificial fibres. The designers claim this anchors the field to create a solid, even structure with good drainage and 'playing comfort'.

Reinforced natural grass or hybrid grass is used for stadium pitches and training pitches, used for association football, rugby, American football and baseball. Reinforced natural grass can also be used for events and concerts. The artificial turf injection shortens the recovery time for the grass.

The first FIFA World Cup to be played on grass pitches that are partly made up of artificial grass was the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa - the system was installed in Mbombela Stadium and Peter Mokaba Stadium. Also the field at Wembley Stadium (UK) is a hybrid grass pitch.

Installations[edit]

Stamford Bridge[1] Chelsea F.C. Association football  England
Ashton Gate Bristol City FC Association football  England
Loftus Rd QPRFC Association football  England
Stade de la Beaujoire FC Nantes Association football  France
Stade Océane Le Havre AC Association football  France
Estádio Parque São Jorge Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Association football  Brazil
Arena Corinthians Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Association football  Brazil
Arena do Grêmio[2] Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense Association football  Brazil
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium RSC Anderlecht Association football  Belgium
Daknamstadion K.S.C. Lokeren Association football  Belgium
King Power Stadium[3] Leicester City Association football  England
Reebok Stadium Bolton Wanderers Association football  England
Goodison Park Everton Association football  England
St James' Park Newcastle United Association football  England
Twickenham Stadium Rugby Football Union Rugby Union  England
Falmer Stadium Brighton & Hove Albion Association football  England
Emirates Stadium[4] Arsenal Association football  England
Turf Moor Burnley Association football  England
John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield Town F.C. and
Huddersfield Giants
Association football and
Rugby League
 England
Anfield Liverpool Association football  England
Villa Park Aston Villa Association football  England
Leigh Sports Village Leigh[5] Rugby league  England
Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster Rovers and
Doncaster
Association football and
Rugby league
 England
City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City[6] Association football  England
Old Trafford[7] Manchester United Association football  England
Trafford Training Centre[8] Manchester United Association football  England
White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur Association football  England
Boleyn Ground West Ham United Association football  England
The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion Association football  England
Carrow Road Norwich City Association football  England
Stadium:mk Milton Keynes Dons Association football  England
Madejski Stadium Reading and
London Irish
Association football and
rugby union
 England
Adams Park Wycombe Wanderers and
London Wasps
Association football and
rugby union
 England
Vicarage Road[9] Watford F.C. Association football  England
Wembley Stadium[10] England Association football and other events  England
San Siro Milan and
Internazionale
Association football  Italy
Stadio Friuli Udinese Calcio Association football  Italy
Aviva Stadium Ireland national rugby union team and
Republic of Ireland national football team
Rugby union and
Association football
 Ireland
Croke Park Gaelic Athletic Association Gaelic games  Ireland
Galgenwaard Stadium Utrecht Association football  Netherlands
De Koel VVV-Venlo Association football  Netherlands
Rat Verlegh NAC Association football  Netherlands
AZ AZ Alkmaar Association football  Netherlands
Amsterdam Arena AFC Ajax Association football  Netherlands
Forsyth Barr Stadium[11] Otago Highlanders Rugby Union  New Zealand
Lerkendal Stadium Rosenborg Association football  Norway
Arena Khimki Khimki Association football  Russia
Mbombela Stadium 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Association football  South Africa
Peter Mokaba Stadium 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Association football  South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Association football  South Africa
Santiago Bernabéu Real Madrid Association football  Spain
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver Broncos American football  United States
Lambeau Field Green Bay Packers American football  United States
Lincoln Financial Field[12] Philadelphia Eagles and
Temple Owls
American football  United States
Liberty Stadium[13] Swansea City and
Ospreys
Association football and
rugby union
 Wales
Cardiff City Stadium[14] Cardiff City and
Cardiff Blues
Association football and
rugby union
 Wales
Easter Road Hibernian Association football  Scotland
Ibrox Stadium Rangers FC Association football  Scotland
Volkswagen Arena VfL Wolfsburg Association football  Germany
Metalist Stadium Metalist Kharkiv Association football  Ukraine
Donbass Arena Shaktar Donetsk Association football  Ukraine
Royal Léopold Uccle FC Royal Léopold Uccle FC Association football  Belgium
Central City Stadium National Team of Kazakhstan Association football  Kazakhstan
National Stadium, Singapore[15] Singapore national football team Association football  Singapore

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stamford Bridge is getting a technical makeover this summer". Retrieved May 2014. 
  2. ^ "High-tech hybrid grass for Grêmio Arena". GFPA (Porto Alegre (RS,Brazil)). Retrieved May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pitch Refurbishment Underway". LCFC (Leicester). Retrieved May 2011. 
  4. ^ "How Arsenal have put Wembley in the shade". The Times (London). Retrieved April 2009. 
  5. ^ "LSV beats the big freeze!". Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Manchester City inaugurates brand new stadium". Retrieved May 17, 2007. 
  7. ^ Parsons, Tom (5 June 2013). "Pitch battle prompts Manchester United to switch to new surface". Inside World Football. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Drayton, John (7 June 2014). "Louis van Gaal orders training pitches to be ripped up as Dutch boss rings the changes at Carrington". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pitch relay news Desso is go". WatfordFC.com. London. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Wembley pitch". FATV (London). Retrieved August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dunedin's hi-tech stadium open for business". tvnz (New Zealand). Retrieved August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Even in Pittsburgh, playoffs are mind-over-sloppy-turf-matter games". ESPN. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  13. ^ Liberty Stadium Pitch - Official Stadium Website
  14. ^ Go Desso! - Official Stadium Website
  15. ^ Sports Hub to use Desso GrassMaster for its National Stadium pitch

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