Old Trafford Goes Fake

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Last month Manchester United announced that Old Trafford is to have an artificial grass pitch.  They’ll take up the natural turf and install an £800,000, state of the art 3G football pitch over the summer.

Last replaced 10 years ago, the pitch is serious need of an overhaul.  According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the surface collapsed last winter during a period of heavy rain.  Bosses were worried the bumpy surface would lead to injuries.  It took turf managers months to restore it.

A hybrid mix of 20 million fake fibres and natural grass will make the pitch studier, more reliable and improve play.  First the pitch is re-seeded with grass selected based on soil conditions.  The artificial turf installed by a computer powered machine that needle-injects the fibres into the ground.  This becomes entwined with the roots of the natural grass anchoring the field and creating a firm, reliable surface.  The method is also known as ‘reinforced grass’ because of its strengthening and supportive properties.

Man Utd. were impressed by the successes at Wembley Stadium.  New Wembley had a catalogue of pitch problems until they installed the new high-tech surface.  One of Moyes’ first jobs as manager was to give the go-ahead for the new playing surface.

The club have made sections of the old pitch available to fans.  Supporters were given the opportunity to buy their very own piece of Old Trafford after the Legends game – Man Utd. vs. Real Madrid.

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