Barenbrug Turfgrass Chosen for All World Cup Stadiums

All 12 World Cup soccer fields will consist entirely of Barenbrug grass. The grass varieties and types used for the turf in the stadiums were specially developed for the World Cup 2006.

FIFA wanted the turf in all the stadiums to be as comparable as possible and the grass had to be fast to facilitate technical and attractive soccer. A specially formed FIFA turfgrass committee went to work with those instructions in mind. After thorough research, Barenbrug was selected as the supplier.

“We are extremely proud of having received this contract,” says Christiaan Arends, grass turf specialist at Barenbrug.

The grass seed mixture, which is made up of various types and varieties, was the result of extensive testing and research. Tests included intensive wear and the filtering out of sunlight, after which the recovery capacity of growth of the turf were closely examined.

An important FIFA demand was to use grass types that have a positive effect on the speed of the ball. ‘Fast’ grass is the ideal surface for technical and attractive soccer. Barenbrug developed varieties with stronger horizontal growth and types that allowed for extremely short mowing. The World Cup turf is sown with a specific combination of these varieties, resulting in a short-leafed, dense and exceptionally fast surface.

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