Manchester City, UK

Manchester City, UK
Manchester City, UK
Manchester City, UK
Manchester City, UK

“Thanks to the efforts of a hard-working team and a great hybrid grass system we now have one of the best pitches in the English Premier League”
Lee Jackson, Head Groundsman at Manchester City

Desso GrassMaster plays together perfectly with design Etihad Stadium

With every seat covered by the roof and the pitch located six metres below ground, Etihad Stadium is both intimate and intimidating. This striking architecture has implications for the pitch: lack of sunlight and fresh air make it very difficult for natural grass to grow. But with 20 million artificial grass fibres injected into the pitch, the stadium always has a stable and even field.

Groundsman of the Year

When Stadium Head Groundsman Lee Jackson won the IOG Groundsman of the Year Award, he said: "Receiving this award confirmed what we already knew: thanks to the efforts of a hard-working team and a great hybrid grass system we now have one of the best pitches in the English Premier League."

Premier League Champions

Jackson’s reaction when ManCity won the English Premier League title: "Our unbeaten home league record was a huge factor in us winning the title (…) We believe the performance of the system and the consistency it provides the players with speaks for itself." Also Manchester City’s training academy is equipped with Desso GrassMaster. This means the team can always train and play in the same optimal conditions. "The GrassMaster system enables us to maintain a free draining, stable and consistent playing surface."

Etihad host to major rugby event

Besides football Etihad Stadium occasionally hosts rugby events such as the Rugby Super League's 'Magic Weekend'. Jackson: "The pitch will be used non-stop during two days to cater for 7 fixtures throughout the weekend." The added durability of Desso GrassMaster is the main reason Jackson believes a competition like 'Magic Weekend' can take place. "We are extremely confident the pitch can withstand the 7 fixtures in 31 hours, whilst still offering a quality playing surface - something no other system could accommodate in my opinion."

Artificial Grass
Hybrid Grass

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