Desso GrassMaster

sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres

Desso GrassMaster is a sports playing field surface made of natural grass that has artificial fibres added to it. The unique part of this system is the artificial grass fibres, stuck 20 cm deep, which cover 3% of the surface. During the growing process, the roots of the natural grass mix with the man-made grass fibres to anchor the turf to product a stable, solid, and even field with better drainage and better playing comfort.

Reinforced natural grass is used for stadium pitches and training pitches used for soccer, rugby, American football and baseball.[1] Reinforced natural grass can also be used for events and concerts. The artificial turf injection shortens the recovery time for the grass. Reinforced Natural Grass (also known as Hybrid Grass), as the name suggest, is formed by the mixture of natural and artificial fibres. It was in the year 1990, when the first generation of Reinforced Natural Grass developed. Using turf, made up of synthetic fibres,[2] combined with Natural Grass has become extremely popular in recent times. In this case, the artificial fibres are intertwined with natural grass roots as they grow. The synthetic fibers help to stabilize and protect the natural grass, improving growth of natural grass fields.[3]

In 2010, for the first time in history, a FIFA World CupTM was played on grass pitches that were partly made up of artificial grass in the Mbombela Stadium and the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Stadiums that use the field

Stadium Club/association Sport Country
Mbombela Stadium 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM Football   South Africa
Peter Mokaba Stadium 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM Football   South Africa
Emirates Stadium[4] Arsenal Football   England
Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield Town Football   England
Anfield Liverpool Football   England
Villa Park Aston Villa Football   England
Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster Rovers Football   England
City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City[5] Football   England
White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur Football   England
Upton Park West Ham United Football   England
Carrow Road Norwich City Football   England
Stadium:mk Milton Keynes Dons Football   England
Madejski Stadium Reading and
London Irish
Football and
rugby union
Adams Park Wycombe Wanderers and
London Wasps
Football and
rugby union
Liberty Stadium[6] Swansea City and
Football and
rugby union
Cardiff City Stadium[7] Cardiff City and
Cardiff Blues
Football and
rugby union
Croke Park Gaelic Athletic Association Gaelic games, Rugby Union
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Real Madrid Football   Spain
Galgenwaard Stadium F.C. Utrecht Football   Netherlands
De Koel VVV-Venlo Football   Netherlands
Rat Verlegh NAC Football   Netherlands
AZ AZ Alkmaar Football   Netherlands
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver Broncos American football   United States
Novator Stadium FC Khimki Football   Russia
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium RSC Anderlecht Football   Belgium
Daknamstadion K.S.C. Lokeren Football   Belgium
Heinz Field Pittsburgh Steelers and
Pitt Panthers[8]
American football   United States
Lambeau Field Green Bay Packers American football   United States
Lincoln Financial Field[9] Philadelphia Eagles and
Temple Owls
American football   United States
Lerkendal Stadium Rosenborg BK Football   Norway


  1. "Artificial Grass Football Pitch". Hybrid Grass combines the playing quality of natural grass with the longevity of artificial grass. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  2. "Artificial Fake Grass Surface". A natural grass pitch has a playing capacity of approximately 300 hours per season. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  3. "Artificial Grass Cost Breakdown". The artificial turf injection makes the recovery time for the grass much shorter. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  4. "How Arsenal have put Wembley in the shade" (PDF). London. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  5. "Manchester City inaugurates brand new stadium". Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2007.
  6. "Liberty Stadium Pitch - Official Stadium Website". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  7. "Go Desso! - Official Stadium Website". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  8. "Grass won't be greener (or new)". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2007.
  9. "Even in Pittsburgh, playoffs are mind-over-sloppy-turf-matter games". ESPN. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-25.

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