The World Cup 2014 leaves a legacy as the Desso GrassMaster pitch at Arena Corinthians will be used for the Olympic Games this summer.
In November 2013 the hybrid GrassMaster system was installed at the Arena de Sao Paulo, now home of Corinthians FC, one of the country’s biggest football club.
The legendary stadium will host 10 football games as one of seven stadiums in six cities staging the tournament. Group and quarter-final matches in men’s and women’s tournament, plus a men’s semi-final and the women’s Bronze medal game will be played on Desso GrassMaster.
The GrassMaster system is a 100% natural grass surface reinforced by 20 million artificial fibers. With this system, the Olympic Games will have a perfect pitch throughout the tournament. The stadium will be used intensely within a short period of time.
In total 32 games for Men and 26 for Women will be played to decide the winner of the Olympic Football Tournament. 10 out of 58 games will take place in Sao Paulo on Desso GrassMaster, starting on Wednesday August 3.
Many football players active at the Olympics have experience with the reinforced turf system as they have become standards in the Premier League, Rugby and Football World Cups and other competitions.
In February this year the 600th GrassMaster installation, since 1989, took place at Stade de France. In doing so, the centerpiece of the 2016 European Championship was able to facilitate a safe and stable pitch for 7 top-level games. Another stadium in Paris, Parc des Princes, could offer the same benefits by installing a GrassMaster pitch in 2013.
About the GrassMaster Technology: Reinforcing the vital biological process
Desso GrassMaster by Tarkett consists of a 100% natural grass surface into which artificial fibers are injected 18cm deep, in a grid of 2x2cm. The ingenuity lies beneath the surface as the grass roots entwine with the fibers, thus anchoring the pitch. This results in a consistent playing surface with tremendous stability.
GrassMaster has scored previous successes at international tournaments and top clubs.
Top clubs and stadiums such as FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Wembley, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United play already many years on Desso GrassMaster. During the FIFA World Cup 2010 and 2014™, the matches at the stadiums with Desso GrassMaster took place on a pitch in perfect condition. At Euro 2012, both Donbass and Kharkiv stadiums were installed with the reinforcement system.