1 Manchester City’s Etihad stadium smells of garlic!

Myerscough Lee Jackson, HG Manchester City FCManchester City have found a bizarre way of keeping their Etihad Stadium pitch in perfect condition. Head groundsman Lee Jackson covers the turf in garlic in order to keep parasites away!

After the recent 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League , Jackson and his staff were seen spraying the pitch with with liquid, leaving a pungent smell wafting around the stadium.

Parasites can infect the grass and damage the roots - but Lee's methods have proven successful at keeping the turf in quality condition.

City use a state-of-the-art hybrid pitch called Desso GrassMaster, which sees twentymillion artificial grass fibres injected into the turf.

It means the lack of sunlight and fresh air inside the stadium doesn't affect the quality of the grass.

Their pitch is widely seen as one of the best in the Premier League - and the various surfaces around the City Football Academy are also immaculate.

Lee, who has been at City since 1991 and is a lifelong City fan, has been nominated for Premier League Groundsman of the Year numerous times - winning the award in 2011.

The pitch was recently relaid after a summer of huge concerts at the Etihad.

The Stone Roses, AC/DC, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen all performed there, leaving lee needing to relay the surface to prepare it for top-level football again.

You can read the original article from the Manchester Evening News HERE

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