"We now have a strong and durable pitch with a smooth drainage. The grass is healthy and even over the whole surface. We are ready for EURO 2012!"
Alexander Atamanenko, CEO Donbass Arena
One of Europe's most important tournaments of 2012 takes place on hybrid natural grass pitches. The Desso GrassMaster system has been installed in two Ukrainian stadiums, Donbass Arena (Donetsk) and Metalist Stadium (Kharkiv).
“In three weeks time, Donbass Arena hosts 5 matches in the EURO 2012 tournament, including a quarter and semi-final. With Desso GrassMaster we have a perfect playing surface throughout the tournament. And also afterwards, when home team FC Shakhtar Donetsk will again take up residence in Donbass Arena. They too will be able to play on an even and stable pitch,” says Alexander Atamanenko, CEO of Donbass Arena.
Atamanenko: “Last winter we endured temperatures up to -30°C and an extraordinary amount of snowfall. With the Desso GrassMaster hybrid natural grass system the pitch has withstood the severe weather conditions perfectly. We now have a strong and durable pitch with a smooth drainage. The grass is healthy and even over the whole surface.”
Read more about Metalist Stadium, another EURO 2012 stadium that is equipped with Desso GrassMaster hybrid natural grass.
The same reinforced natural grass system is used in Wembley, which hosts football matches during the 2012 Games. In 2010 Desso GrassMaster was installed in Mbombela Stadium and Peter Mokaba Stadium for the World Cup football in South Africa.