GrassMaster at the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia

GrassMaster at the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia

Russia will host the 21st FIFA World Cup from June 14th to July 15th this summer. GrassMaster by Tarkett Sports will again be present at this elite-level tournament. The pioneers of hybrid grass were already part of the game in the last two FIFA World Cups: Brazil in 2014 and South Africa in 2010. Launching a new tradition.

Stadiums Volgograd, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod

16 World Cup games in total will be played on GrassMaster. The stadiums Volgograd Arena, Kazan Arena and Nizhny Novgorod Stadium all have a brand new GrassMaster pitch installed.

Kazan Arena will host 6 games from June 16th to July 7th. France vs Australia will be the first fixture of the World Cup to be played on a GrassMaster. 4 games during the group’s stage will be played in Kazan as well a Round of 16 game and a quarter final. At the Volgograd Arena, 4 games will be played starting with Tunisia vs England on June 18. Also on that date, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium opens its doors with the first game of group F with Sweden vs Korea Republic. This stadium will host 4 group phase matches, a Round of 16 game and a quarter final.

With 6 games being played in 3 weeks in the Kazan Arena, 4 matches in Volgograd Stadium in 10 days and 6 duels in two and a half weeks in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, GrassMaster proves once again to be the trusted partner for top-level tournaments.

Thanks to the unique technology of GrassMaster a higher player safety and faster surface recovery is provided, so neither players, fans nor organization suffer from loss of quality on the pitch. We stand for a perfect pitch anywhere and anytime. With a lifespan of up to 15 years, these GrassMaster pitches will leave a legacy for the Russian teams, communities and for the venues.

Training pitches

Furthermore, the CSKA training pitch in Moscow will be used by the German football team and the training pitch of the football club Rubin Kazan is going to be used by Japan for trainings throughout their stay at the 2018 World Cup. On both pitches, the premium hybrid turf system GrassMaster is applied.

Installation and maintenance

Our Russian partner InSport Pro Co installed GrassMaster in the Kazan Arena and the CSKA stadium in Moscow. Additionally they are responsible for the maintenance of the pitches. Mr. Andrey Kanunnikov, Managing Director of InSport Pro Co is proud to say:

Both the German and Japanese teams recently visited their training grounds and were satisfied with the pitches we've prepared for them.

Our installation partner for the Volgograd and Nizny Novgorod stadiums is Golftechnology. Further, we could count on Charles Henderson of PSD/Labosport Group as pitch consultant.

Pioneers of hybrid grass since 1989

GrassMaster Solutions' expertise and experience of nearly 30 years has been used on more than 700 pitches worldwide. The GrassMaster system with a proven lifespan of 15 years and more, is a 100 % natural grass pitch reinforced by 20 million high performance fibres. These polypropylene fibres are injected by computer-controlled machines, 18 deep and 2 cm above the surface, in a grid of +/- 2 x 2 cm. The natural grass roots entwine with the fibres and grow deeper and wider, building a stronger and healthier rootzone. The PP fibres above the surface ensure an always even and stable surface.

GrassMaster Solutions

GrassMaster Solutions is the hybrid grass division of Tarkett Sports which is part of the Tarkett Group, a worldwide leader of innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions. Tarkett has one of the broadest global reaches of any flooring company in the world.