Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Wembley hopes artificial turf will help solve pitch problems

Tue 27th Jul 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The Wembley pitch has been on the receiving end of a number of high profile complaints recently but bosses are now hoping to rectify the situation.

Officials are hoping to use the new Desso pitch for the 2018 World Cup if England's bid to host the tournament is successful.

After a season of problems with the turf at the national stadium which prompted fierce criticism from Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and Chelsea captain John Terry, a new Desso pitch was laid in June after a concert by American rock band Green Day.

The Desso pitch, which uses artificial fibres intermingled with real grass, is a first for Wembley. And have already been successful at clubs like Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

The company also had pitches in place at two stadiums during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and will be used for the first time at Wembley during The FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United next month.

It’s understood that the unique element of the reinforced natural grass system is 20 million artificial grass fibres injected 20 cm deep into the pitch. This allows the roots of the natural grass to entwine with the synthetic grass fibres and anchor the turf into a stable and even field.

This helps protect the natural grass fibres against tackles and sliding. Moreover, it ensures better drainage of the pitch despite the fact that three per-cent of the pitch is made up of synthetic grass fibres.

The Desso pitch will be in place throughout the 2010-11 football season which concludes with the Football League Championship play-off final at Wembley.  

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

Don’t forget to subscribe to F.C. Business Magazine to keep up to date with the latest comment from the football world. Click here to subscribe

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

In Focus: SISGrass Shows Its Strength

Mon 10th Apr 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

From Russia 2018 World Cup venues to Derby County, 2016 was the year to remember for SISGrass. fcbusiness speaks to Phil Blackwell, UK Project Director for the Cumbria based company about their...

AFC Fylde Lay Foundations For New Education Centre

Thu 6th Apr 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation has revealed further details about its new £400,000 Education Centre, which is due to open at the £25m Mill Farm Sports Village later this year....

Wembley Stadium: Experiencing Club Wembley

Fri 31st Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous football grounds anywhere in the world. The new stadium opened in 2007, and as this was our first visit, we wanted to do it in style with some hospitality....

Sweden Gets First Taste of SISGrass

Tue 28th Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Sweden has had its first taste of the revolutionary SISGrass hybrid system following the turfing of the Gamla Ullevi football stadium in Gothenburg. Premier Pitches removed the pitch and SIS installed...