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04.07.2009 11:00

After concerts, change of turf

Míriam Nadal

Following U2’s concerts in the Camp Nou, the time has come to change the turf. As planned, the old pitch is to be replaced by new grass imported from Bordeaux.

The process will start on Tuesday July 7, and by the 25th all will be ready. Once laid, the pitch needs about three weeks to be consolidated, which involves maintenance work to make sure the field is in perfect condition for the Joan Gamper Trophy match scheduled for August 19.

From Tuesday

The old turf will be removed this week, and the undersoil will be aired and allowed to ‘rest’ for a while. Then curing materials, organic amendments and mixtures of specially selected products and sands will be added in order to generate the perfect surface for the grass to take root.

A week’s rest followed by turf laying

RIMG0002.jpgThe week after the soil will be aired and from the 20th the new panels of turf will be laid down. The 10,000 square metres of new surface should be in place by the 25th. Sprinklers will then keep the surface watered in preparation for the new season.

Grass from Bordeaux

The new grass is being imported from Bordeaux in France. It is a product that the players have grown accustomed to over the last four seasons. It is just the right composition for use in a venue like the Camp Nou, with silica sand, and is the same turf as that which is used in the Ciudad Deportiva and on the La Masia training pitch.

After concerts, change of turf

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Seating improvements
Work began on the grandstand seating in 2004 and this should be completed in the summer of 2009. Part of the third tier was modified before the U2 concert. Now the concert is over, the same will be done in the first and second tiers. The work will be completed in September with the remaining third tier sections, which will end the seat-changing process that started back in 2004.

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