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Wembley Pitch Ready For Champions League Says Groundsman

posted 20 May 2013, 09:21 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 20 May 2013, 09:22 ]

Wembley Stadium's grounds manager says the pitch will be fine for the Champions League final.

LONDONUNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS) - Wembley Stadium's grounds manager reassured everyone on Monday (May 20) that the pitch will be in good condition for the first all-German Champions League final on Saturday (May 25) between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The stadium gets lots of use for sports and other events and in the past the pitch has been widely criticised and regularly changed; it is currently a mix of synthetic material and real grass.

Last Saturday (May 18), Yeovil beat Brentford at Wembley to reach the Championship (2nd tier) of English football for first time.

On Sunday, Bradford City beat Northampton Town to reach League One (3rd tier).

Next Monday (May 27), Watford face Crystal Palace for promotion to the Premier League and two days later England play a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

However, on Monday (May 20) Wembley Stadium grounds manager Tony Stonessaid high-tech applications were used to keep the pitch in good condition, including the Desso system which combines synthetic material with real grass.

"There's a lot of science behind what we do nowadays. We're into the Desso system, to fertiliser systems, to seeding systems, all that kind of stuff."

Stones said the pitch should not cut up much.

"Yep, yep, the players will not interact with the artificial, it's all 100 per cent grass. So what you're seeing is actually grass; what they're playing on is grass. The Desso just holds the system, the pitch together so it's very unlikely we are going to get a divot."

He said keeping non-players off the pitch was the difficult bit.

"Hardest part of my job? Keeping people off the pitch -- other than players!"

As for predictions, the grounds manager declined, simply saying: "I'm just happy for whoever's come to play; happy with what we've achieved for them that week and the best team on the night will win."

The new Wembley was opened in 2007 at a higher-than anticipated cost of at least 750 million pounds, which under the contract meant a loss for the main contractor.