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Sports Hub to use Desso GrassMaster for National Stadium pitch

The Singapore Sports Hub’s National Stadium will be the first in Asia to use the Desso GrassMaster, a reinforced quality grass, for its playing surface.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Sports Hub’s National Stadium will be the first in Asia to use the Desso GrassMaster, a reinforced quality grass, for its playing surface.

It involves injecting 100 per cent natural grass with artificial fibres 18cm into the ground at every 2cm across the pitch — or about 114 million protective fibres to anchor the turf.

This allows the grass to use the fibres as anchors for added strength and durability, and will better meet the demands of a hectic sports calendar at the 55,000-seater stadium in Kallang and minimising the likelihood of events being postponed or cancelled due to the playing surface.

It also enhances safety and performance levels for athletes.

“The pitch forms an integral part of the National Stadium and the Desso GrassMaster system truly does justice to what will be one of the most innovative sports stadiums in the world,” said SportsHub Chief Executive Philippe Collin Delavaud.

Desso Chief Executive Alexander Collot d’Escury added: “With the Desso GrassMaster system, we enable stadiums to combine sports and events in the same location, without compromising on the grass pitch.”

Among the stadiums to use this technology include England’s Wembley Stadium and Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Stadium, which will host the opening match of the World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia on June 12.

Among the first events that will use the Desso GrassMaster pitch at the Sports Hub are the World Club 10s rugby championship from June 21-22, the football matches between Singapore and Malaysia on Aug 8, and the friendly between Italian Serie A champions Juventus and a Singapore Selection on Aug 16.

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