Newlands Rugby Stadium, South Africa

Newlands Rugby Stadium, South Africa
Newlands Rugby Stadium, South Africa
Newlands Rugby Stadium, South Africa
Newlands Rugby Stadium, South Africa

“The installation of the Desso GrassMaster pitch is one of the best decisions for Newlands Rugby Stadium.”
Rob Wagner, Managing Director of Western Province Rugby Union in Cape Town

Rugby and football put natural grass to the test

Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the oldest international rugby stadiums in the world and has been the field of honour for many historical fixtures. It is the home pitch of the Vodacom Stormers rugby team. In the rugby off-season, Newlands Stadium is used for football matches, thus maximising the stadium’s profitability.

Strong, sturdy and stable

The stadium is fitted with Desso GrassMaster. Things can get pretty tough during a rugby or football match. It’s not only the players that take a pounding; the grass does too. Reinforced natural grass, Desso GrassMaster, can handle it, no problem. As the roots of the natural grass grow they entwine around the injected artificial turf fibres. This anchors the grass sod so that the field is able to withstand the scrums, tries and other aspects of the game that continuously test the pitch.

Pitch in perfect shape even in bad weather

Rob Wagner, Managing Director of Western Province Rugby Union in Cape Town: "Desso Grassmaster was installed at Newlands Rugby Stadium at the beginning of the 2000 season. Today the pitch still easily stands up to the rigours of professional rugby on dry and wet days - sometimes up to three matches on the same day. It provides an exceptionally stable surface for scrums, rucks and mauls. The Grassmaster system has proved to be a great investment for Newlands Rugby Stadium."

In 2011 the Rugby World Cup took place in the one-of-a-kind Forsyth Barr Stadium in New Zealand. Also in this stadium Desso GrassMaster demonstrates that it is able to deal with a rough stadium schedule.

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