Panthessaliko Stadium, Greece

Panthessaliko Stadium, Greece
Panthessaliko Stadium, Greece
Panthessaliko Stadium, Greece

Desso Grassmaster for the Olympic Panthessaliko Stadium

After its travels around the world the Olympic Games returned to its birthplace Athens in 2004. The Panthessaliko Stadium in Volos, seating more than 20,000 people, proved to be a successful venue for several Olympic football matches. All in all, eight matches were played in the stadium in a period of ten days, with often two matches a day. The intensive use put a lot of pressure on the pitch, but with Desso GrassMaster the stadium was perfectly able to handle this schedule.

Certain quality of turf

As the Olympic organization could not, of course, afford to cancel a match because of the poor quality of the pitch, the Greek organisation called in Desso Sports Systems. Already then the company had a proven track record on rejuvenating top stadium pitches of teams such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Feyenoord. “Top football players know what they want, and even more what they definitely do not want”, relates Paul Van Dongen, then Area Manager Eastern Europe.

No bare areas or loose divots

“Anyone who likes to kick a ball around prefers to do so on a smooth and immaculate natural grass pitch. Top players are right to make very high demands on a football pitch, but external factors such as changing weather conditions, insufficient light or air circulation and very intensive use often put a spanner in the works.” The consequences are there for all to see: bare goal areas, insufficient time for the pitch to recover, loose divots, uneven surfaces, pools of water… Fortunately, by using Desso GrassMaster the Olympic organisation in Volos had nothing to fear.

Top-class system for top-class tournaments

Not only during the 2004 Olympics Panthessaliko Stadium was certain of an impeccable field. After the games, home teams Olympiakos Volou and Niki Volou both took up residence in the venue. Both UEFA and FIFA approved Desso GrassMaster for soccer matches at the highest level. The hybrid grass system has built a strong reputation regarding professional tournaments. It was used during South Africa 2010, the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup, EURO 2012 and the 2012 Games in London.

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