Rennes have become the first French club in Ligue 1 to be granted dispensation by the football authorities to lay a synthetic pitch for use during their home games next season…
Stade Rennais have been granted permission by the LFP to give their pitch a drastic summer overhaul, laying down an artificial surface as the Council of Administration elected to lift a ban on the use of synthetic surfaces.
A FIFA 2 Star pitch will therefore be laid in the Stade Route de Lorient over the summer months in time for Rennes' Intertoto Cup campaign, which will start in mid-July.
Ligue President Frédéric Thiriez told France Football, "There was a small revolution: we opened the way with for synthetic pitches and authorised Rennes to build an artificial lawn."
"France wants to be advance; the future is a synthetic one. It guarantees more equity, a better spectacle and supports an attractive game."
The debate regarding synthetic pitches has long raged with their detractors arguing that plastic pitches are responsible for a high number of injuries.
On the other hand the even playing surface lends itself to a fluid style of play that encourages a technical style of football.
Supporters of Rennes will be able to make up their minds from a firsthand perspective very soon.