Friday at 8 pm CET the Red Devils will play their World Cup quarter-final on hybrid grass, supplied by the Flanders-based company Tarkett Sports. "If the Devils lose, it won't be due to the quality of the grass", says Vercammen – General Manager of Tarkett Sports. "But of course I hope to see them go through to the final."
The Kazan Arena is equipped with GrassMaster, a hybrid grass system that is also installed at Nihzny Novgorod and Volgograd. After the World Cup of 2010 in South-Africa and 2014 in Brazil, Tarkett Sports can again prove its long-standing expertise with hybrid grass pitches.
Thanks to the nail-biting win in the round of 16 game against Japan last Monday, the Red Devils are qualified for the upcoming quarter-final against Brazil, the favorite team of all experts. "If the Devils lose, it won't be due to the quality of the grass", says Vercammen – General Manager of Tarkett Sports. "But of course I hope to see them go through to the final."
Since its launch in 1989, GrassMaster – also known as Desso – has been installed on more than 700 grass pitches worldwide, including those of FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and PSG. "Nearly the whole Belgian team plays weakly on GrassMaster, which will hopefully work to the Devil's advantage", says Vercammen.
GrassMaster is a 100 % natural grass pitch which is reinforced by 20 million high performance polypropylene fibres. The artificial fibres are injected 18 cm deep, approximately every 2 cm across the pitch. The ingenuity of the system lies beneath the surface: the natural grass roots grow around the artificial fibres, thus anchoring the field. The result: an always even and stable playing surface.
GrassMaster Solutions by Tarkett Sports
GrassMaster Solutions is the hybrid grass division of Tarkett Sports, which is a worldwide manufacturer and installer of innovative and durable sports surfaces. GrassMaster Solutions covers two hybrid grass technologies: GrassMaster, a hybrid grass system with a proven lifespan of 15 years and more, and PlayMaster, a flexible solution that ensures a quick installation and an instant playability.
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