Real put faith in Desso
Recently, sports fans may have noticed the poor condition of Madrid's grass pitch. After consulting experts at Desso, Real decided to renew the pitch in the Bernabeu Stadium. Once again, Real opted for the natural grass system reinforced with artificial grass fibres, the DD GrassMaster system, that has proved so successful in the past.
At the beginning of last week the grass layer was removed and rolls of new turf were laid. The artificial fibres remained embedded in the substructure ensuring that the new grass roots would entwine around them quickly.
Desso finished this challenging job in a record time of 3.5 days. Real played its match against Espanyol on 5 February on the newly installed pitch. Sacchi, Director of Football, and Luxemburgo, trainer of Real Madrid, inspected the new pitch and complimented Desso on pulling off this difficult feat.
During the close season the second part of the DD GrassMaster system will be installed. Extra artificial grass fibres will be injected into the pitch using computer-controlled machines. As the replacement had to take place during the playing season and in the middle of winter, this method of installation is the best solution.
The cause of the pitch problems has been put down to extreme weather conditions that are very rare for Madrid (weeks of heavy rain, followed by frost). This, combined with a heating system ill-equipped to handle such extremes, made it impossible for the maintenance team to fix the problem in time. This proved fatal for the natural grass, although the artificial grass fibres were unaffected.
So that Real get the quality pitch they expect from the DD GrassMaster system, an expert from Desso will monitor the grass pitch during the season.
Real have confirmed their confidence in Desso DLW Sports Systems by subsequently selecting Desso pitches for their training centre too.