How do they get the Etihad and Old Trafford pitches perfect after a summer of gigs?

Like many of their Premier League rivals, City play on a hybrid GrassMaster pitch. The surface is made up of around three per cent synthetic fibres, which lie beneath the real grass, binding to the roots. The technology means the pitch is less likely to be damaged.

Kennesaw state installs first hybrid grass field in the United States

KENNESAW, Ga. – When the Kennesaw State athletic teams take the field this fall at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, they will do so on the first hybrid grass field in the western hemisphere after Georgia based Precision Turf installed the PlayMaster surface by Tarkett Sports last week.  


Estadio Azteca is continuously innovating and will change its grass field into a new hybrid system being the first stadium in Mexico using this technology. This carpet-based hybrid grass technology offers fast installation, instant playability and feels like natural grass.

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.

The challenges and possibilities of the multifunctional Amsterdam ArenA PlayMaster pitch

Paal Baas and Arjan Knottnerus shared insights related to multifunctionality at the Amsterdam ArenA, their hybrid Lay&Play solution, challenges and their protocol when hosting events on the pitch.

Interview with Martin Brummel, Grounds Manager at AFC Ajax

ESSMA interviewed Martin Brummel, Grounds Manager at training centre “De Toekomst” of AFC Ajax. Martin has over 30 years of greenkeeper experience in both the golf and football industry. His career at AFC Ajax started in 2015 with daily tasks like pitch quality improvement, data collection and looking for/implementing innovations. Delegates of our Pitch Management Workshop, taking place 17 and 18 April in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), will have the opportunity to visit the training centre “De To…