One of Europe’s largest stadium, Camp Nou is the home of Barcelona and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful stadium across the globe. The Catalans giants have already started preparing for the next season by replacing the turf of the grounds of Camp Nou.
The last match was held on Saturday against Napoli at Camp Nou and until the Champions League gets over there are no matches at the stadium, so it is a good time to prepare the ground for next season. The work already began on Monday, 10th August on getting the pitch in prime condition for the start of the new league campaign. Here’s the club statement:
The Camp Nou is fully immersed in the replacement of the hybrid playing surface to get the pitch ready for the start of the 2020/21 season, scheduled for September.
The pitch is being replaced as part of a yearly monitoring program based on the needs analysis of meteorological, climatic, agronomic, and biomechanical values. A series of tasks are performed beginning with the removal of the surface turf, and followed by the elimination of the roots and fibers, separating them together with the organic matter and sand. Once the base has been cleared down to the undersoil heating system, the surface is re-covered with sand, which is then leveled and new sods of turf are put on top. The hybridization process that follows uses the latest generation machinery to bind the sections and achieve the finest possible results in the shortest time possible.
The turf is selected from the finest nurseries in Europe to meet the strict FC Barcelona requirements. Refrigerated trucks transport the grass by day and they are laid that same evening to reduce stress to a minimum and avoid the hottest times of the day. This means the laying procedure takes longer than usual, around 2,000m2/day, but ensures the best possible adaptation.
In the mean time, FC Barcelona will be facing Bayern Munich on Friday in Lisbon to make their place in the Champions League semis, and Bayern being the favorites this season, this game will be a one to look out for.
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