Minnesota United announced today that the club has begun the process of upgrading Allianz Field to a GrassMax Systems hybrid stitch system installed by Des Moines-based Iowa Sports Turf. Completion of this new hybrid game surface will improve the infrastructure and stability of the natural grass.
“After 5 game seasons, we decided to continue to improve our playing surface at Allianz Field to ensure the highest levels of consistency, stability and quality during the changing Minnesota seasons,” said Shari Ballard, CEO of Minnesota United. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of our fans and players, and given the incredible growth of football in our community, we are excited about the impact this will have on the sustainability of the pitch. Our world-class site crew is also very excited!
GrassMax systems are a 100 percent natural grass cover reinforced with synthetic fibers. The fibers stabilize the root area of the field and increase the grass’s resistance to damage, limiting cracking and ensuring a more evenly smooth playing surface. The system is guaranteed to last for at least ten years and the playing characteristics of the court are identical to a perfectly natural court.
“The technology has proven its widespread use in European leagues and is a highly desirable FIFA coating. There are some key elements to this game that have evolved over time, focusing on the performance of the court and the safety of players,” said Ryan Moy, manager. MNUFC Site Supervisor. “It simply came to our notice then. In terms of evolution, it was only a matter of time before the technology reached greater capacity in the MLS. Using the stitched surface at Allianz Field, we can offer a more consistent playing surface throughout the season. Specifically, we will be confident that our pavement will be stable during the colder season in Minnesota.
The installation is already underway and the club expects the project to be completed by the end of May. Hybrid technology is not new in the game. It is the same system used in stadiums around the world, such as Maracana Stadium in Brazil and English Premier League stadiums, including West Ham London Stadium, Leicester City King Power Stadium and Leeds United Elland Road. stadium.
In addition to improving all MNUFC playgrounds, the refurbished pitch reinforces the club’s commitment to making Allianz Field a venue for international football events, including World Cup qualifiers, international friendly matches, USWNT and USMNT games, and community-led football. games.
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