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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.