GrassMaster

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GrassMaster is a hybrid grass sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres. It was developed and patented by Desso Sports in 1993. This hybrid grass system is now developed by Tarkett Sports after a takeover of Desso Sports and has been rebranded since as GrassMaster. Tarkett Sports developed PlayMaster in 2016, a new lay-n-play hybrid grass solution.

Technology[edit]

GrassMaster reinforces a 100% natural grass pitch by vertically inserting 20 million polypropylene (PP) fibres into the soil. The 20 cm long PP fibres are injected by computer-controlled machines, 18 cm deep so 2 cm remains above the surface, in a grid about 2 x 2 cm. The natural grass roots entwine with the fibres and grow deeper and wider, building a stronger and healthier rootzone. The PP fibres above the surface ensure an always even and stable surface. GrassMaster can be installed before seeding, after seeding or on grass sods.[1]

Major installations[edit]

Stadium Club Sport Country
Camp Nou FC Barcelona Association football  Spain
San Siro Inter FC and A.C. Milan Association football  Italy
Stade Marcel Picot AS Nancy Association football  France
Stamford Bridge[2] Chelsea F.C. Association football  England
Ashton Gate Bristol City F.C. and Bristol Rugby Association football and rugby union  England
King Abdullah Sports City Ittihad FC and Al-Ahli Saudi FC Association football  Saudi Arabia
Meadow Park Boreham Wood and Arsenal W.F.C. Association football  England
Mapei Stadium US Sassuolo Calcio Association football  Italy
Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium MTK Budapest FC Association football  Hungary
bet365 Stadium Stoke City FC Association football  England
Selhurst Park Crystal Palace FC Association football  England
London Stadium West Ham United FC Association football  England
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby Union  France
CNFE Clairefontaine French Football Federation Association football  France
Stade de la Beaujoire FC Nantes Association football  France
Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain Association football  France
Stade de Roudourou En Avant Guingamp Association football  France
Stade Louis II AS Monaco Association football  Monaco
Stade Océane Le Havre AC Association football  France
Stade de France[3] France Association football and other events  France
Stade Francis-Le Blé Stade Brestois 29 Association football  France
Stade Auguste-Delaune Stade de Reims Association football  France
Estádio Parque São Jorge Corinthians Association football  Brazil
Arena Corinthians Corinthians Association football  Brazil
Arena do Grêmio[4] Grêmio Association football  Brazil
King Power Stadium[5] Leicester City Association football  England
University of Bolton 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[6] Arsenal Association football  England
Kirklees Stadium Huddersfield Town A.F.C. and
Huddersfield Giants
Association football and
rugby league
 England
Anfield Liverpool Association football  England
Ibrox Stadium Rangers Association football  Scotland
Villa Park Aston Villa Association football  England
Leigh Sports Village Leigh[7] Rugby league  England
Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster Rovers and
Doncaster
Association football and
rugby league
 England
City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City[8] Association football  England
Old Trafford[9] Manchester United Association football  England
Trafford Training Centre[10] Manchester United Association football  England
White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur 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
Adams Park Wycombe Wanderers
(and formerly Wasps)
Association football
(and formerly rugby union)
 England
Vicarage Road[11] Watford F.C.
(and formerly Saracens)
Association football
(and formerly rugby union)
 England
Wembley Stadium[12] England Association football and other events  England
Aviva Stadium Ireland national rugby union team and
Republic of Ireland national football team
Rugby union and
association football
 Ireland
Stadion Galgenwaard Utrecht Association football  Netherlands
Euroborg FC Groningen Association football  Netherlands
Molineux Stadium Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Association football  England
AFAS Stadion AZ Alkmaar Association football  Netherlands
Sportpark De Toekomst AFC Ajax Association football  Netherlands
Forsyth Barr Stadium[13] Highlanders Rugby union  New Zealand
Lerkendal Stadion 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 and
South Africa Sevens
Association football and
rugby sevens
 South Africa
Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia Eagles American football  United States
Lambeau Field Green Bay Packers American football  United States
Liberty Stadium[14] Swansea City and
Ospreys
Association football and
rugby union
 Wales
Millennium Stadium[15] Welsh Rugby Union
Rugby union
(also Welsh international Association football)
 Wales
Cardiff City Stadium[16] Cardiff City
(and formerly Cardiff Blues)
Association football
(and formerly rugby union)
 Wales
Rodney Parade Dragons
Newport RFC
Newport County
Rugby union and Association football  Wales
Volkswagen Arena VfL Wolfsburg Association football  Germany
Metalist Stadium Metalist Kharkiv Association football  Ukraine
Donbass Arena Shakhtar Donetsk Association football  Ukraine
Central City Stadium National Team of Kazakhstan Association football  Kazakhstan
Murrayfield Edinburgh Rugby and
Scotland
Rugby union  Scotland
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi Hellas Verona and Chievo Verona Association football  Italy
Lokomotiv Stadium FC Lokomotiv Moscow Association football  Russia
Kazan Arena FC Rubin Kazan Association football  Russia
Estadio de la Cerámica Villareal CF Association football  Spain
Melbourne City Football Academy Melbourne City FC Association football  Australia
Manchester City Football Academy Manchester City Association football  England
Ooredoo Training Centre Paris Saint-Germain Association football  France
St Georges Park National Football Centre FA Association football  England
Bramall Lane[17] Sheffield United F.C. Association football  England
Imam Reza Stadium Padideh F.C. Association football  Iran

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.grassmastersolutions.com/
  2. ^ "Stamford Bridge is getting a technical makeover this summer". Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Le Stade de France choisit Tarkett Sports et sa technologie Desso GrassMaster". dessosports. Paris. Retrieved February 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "High-tech hybrid grass for Grêmio Arena". GFPA. Porto Alegre (RS,Brazil). Retrieved May 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Pitch Refurbishment Underway". LCFC. Leicester. Retrieved May 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "How Arsenal have put Wembley in the shade" (PDF). The Times. London. Retrieved April 2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "LSV beats the big freeze!". Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "Manchester City inaugurates brand new stadium". Retrieved May 17, 2007.
  9. ^ Parsons, Tom (5 June 2013). "Pitch battle prompts Manchester United to switch to new surface". Inside World Football. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Pitch relay news Desso is go". WatfordFC.com. London. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "The Wembley pitch". FATV. London. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "Dunedin's hi-tech stadium open for business". tvnz. New Zealand. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Liberty Stadium Pitch - Official Stadium Website
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Go Desso! - Official Stadium Website
  17. ^ "A new pitch for the Blades". Retrieved May 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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