Brazil 2014

Sao Paulo stadium opt for Desso GrassMaster stadium field

The hybrid Desso GrassMaster system was installed in November last year at the “Arena de Sao Paulo” in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The stadium has been chosen to host the World Cup Opening Match Brazil- Croatia on June 12 and will also play host to the group matches Uruguay-England, Netherlands-Chile,  Korea Republic- Belgium, a round of 16 match and one of the semi-finals.

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About the Desso GrassMaster system

The system consists of a 100 % natural grass pitch into which artificial fibres are injected 18 cm deep, every 2 cm across the pitch. This results in approximately 20 million artificial fibres reinforcing the natural grass.  The ingenuity of the system lies beneath the surface. The natural grass roots grow around the fibres, thus anchoring the field. The system offers stability and reinforcement, ensuring a uniform and visually attractive surface in perfect condition at all times.

Sustainable solution during and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums will be used intensely for matches and training sessions within a short space of time. After Brazil 2014, the stadium of Sao Paulo will be home to Sport Club Corinthians Paulista.

Match Schedule World Cup Brazil in Sao Paulo Stadium

12 June.  Opening Ceremony & match Brazil - Croatia

29 June.  Group Match Uruguay-England

23 June.  Group Match Netherlands-Chili

26 June.  Group Match Korea Republic- Belgium

01 July.    Round of 16

09 July.    Semi Final  


Previous successes of Desso GrassMaster


During the FIFA World Cup 2010 TM in South Africa, all matches at the 2 stadiums with Desso GrassMaster took place on a pitch in perfect condition. At Euro 2012, both Donbass and Kharkiv stadiums had the reinforcement system. During the 2012 Olympic games, 9 matches in 11 days took place at Wembley stadium.

Play & train for top clubs

Wembley Stadium can again fulfill its role as leading multifunctional venue since the installation of the Desso GrassMaster pitch in 2010. Since then, more than 150 football, rugby and NFL matches and the equivalent of 6 months of concerts have taken place at the stadium. In addition, Wembley hosted the 2012 Olympic games and the 2013 Champions League Final.

Also other international top clubs such as Arsenal FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG, Shaktar Donetsk, Inter and AC Milan, Gremio and Santos FC play/train on the Desso GrassMaster system.

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