Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, South Africa

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, South Africa

“I can honestly say that the pitch turned out to be one of the best, if not the best one we had. After a match there were hardly any marks on it”
Derek Blanckensee, 2010 FIFA World CupTM Organising Committee South Africa

Another 2010 FIFA World CupTM stadium equipped with Desso GrassMaster

In 2010, for the first time in history, a FIFA World CupTM has been played on natural grass pitches reinforced with artificial grass. The Desso GrassMaster system was installed in Nelspruit (Mbombela Stadium) and Polokwane (Peter Mokaba Stadium).

Top level football, rugby and events ...

After the event a third World CupTM venue was equipped with the high-tech hybrid grass system. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth played host to 8 games during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM tournament. Also after the world cup the stadium holds on to a tight schedule. Football matches alternate with rugby games and events. The stadium is home to rugby club EP Kings and will host the South African leg of the IRB 7's World Series for the next 4 years.

... on a high-performing surface

Such a calendar requires a high-performing surface with excellent drainage and more hours of play than a regular natural grass pitch. Considering Derek Blanckensee, Chief Competitions Officer at the 2010 FIFA World CupTM Organising Committee South Africa, Desso GrassMaster meets these needs. About the pitch in Nelspruit he says: "I can honestly say that the pitch turned out to be one of the best, if not the best one we had. After a match there were hardly any marks on it, to the extent that you could have played another match immediately. The stability provided by Desso GrassMaster was amazing."

Artificial Grass
Hybrid Grass

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