National Stadium field first-of-its-kind in Asia, promises high-level sporting action

National Stadium field first-of-its-kind in Asia, promises high-level sporting action
(L-R): Gregory Gillin, Senior Director DTZ and Alexander Collot d'Escury, Desso CEO on the Singapore National Stadium pitch

The National Stadium at Kallang is the first competitive venue in Asia to adopt the Desso GrassMaster system, allowing it to host football, rugby, cricket, athletics and entertainment events seamlessly on its all-natural grass pitch.

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According to a statement from Desso Sports Systems and the Singapore Sports Hub, the pitch at the 55,000-seater National Stadium is a blend of two types of grass seeds - Rye and Blue Grass. The 100 per cent-natural grass is injected with artificial fibres 18-centimetres deep, every two centimetres across the pitch. This results in the natural grass roots growing around some 114 million protective fibres, thus anchoring the field.

This unique system is also used in London's Wembley Stadium and many other world-class venues, to ensure a uniform, reliable and visually attractive surface in perfect condition at all times.

The first test event to be held at the National Stadium will be the Rugby World Club 10s on June 21 and 22, 2014.

Singapore Rugby Union president Low Teo Ping said: "I've been following the progress of the pitch to date, and it's certainly looking very good.

"The Desso surface promises a high standard of play for rugby as well as other sports, and I am waiting to see that being tested come June 21 and 22 at the World Club 10s, which will be the real first test event for the stadium and pitch."

Come August, the National Stadium will transform itself into football mode ahead of Singapore vs Malaysia on Aug 8, followed by the Singapore-Juventus game the following week.


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