SIS Pitches designed, constructed and installed SISGrass hybrid pitches at 6 out of 12 2018 World Cup venues, including the Luzhniki Stadium pitch for the opening match and the Final.
This year for the first time in World Cup history, a combination of hybrid grass and aeration systems were used, with the venue for the final, Luzhniki stadium, receiving over 84 hours of use over just 35 days. The stadium hosted a total of 16 hours of games, 8 hours of training sessions, 31 hours of rehearsals and ceremonies and 29 hours of VAR and GLT tests. Despite the intensive use of the pitch, it still looked and performed exceptionally well for the final, which was a credit to the maintenance team and the latest pitch technologies.
SISGrass is the most advanced turf reinforcement system on the market, increasing surface stability, allowing more playing hours in comparison to 100% natural grass, increased facility usage and faster surface recovery in high wear areas such as golf tees, cricket wickets and linesman’s runs. Developed only three years ago by SIS Pitches, SISGrass has been installed in over 80 surfaces worldwide, and as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has been installed on a pitch in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and at Lambeau Field USA for the Green Bay Packers who play in the NFL.
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