EURO 2012 stadia use Everris grass seed
Consultants from STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) have chosen ProSelect 1 Premium Sport ryegrass seed blend from Everris to overseed four stadium venues.
STRI was appointed by UEFA to advise on the playing surfaces in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan in Poland following international acclaim for its work at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Donbass Arena in Donetsk and The Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A team led by Head of Stadia Services, Andy Cole, has been working tirelessly to deliver pitches that meet the highest international standards.
“Our confidence is in Everris and the company’s holistic approach to turf management called iTurf,” Andy explains. “It’s the company we selected for fertilizers, grass seed, and plant protection products to get the Poland pitches ready for the tournament.”
“ProSelect 1 Premium Sport was used at the four venues in Poland to supplement existing turf. We were working to tight timescales and needed rapid, problem-free germination, which is what was delivered despite the low light levels created by the stadia environments.”
From pre-seeding at the venues through to the final whistle, the pitches will be maintained with Everris fertilizers, including SierrablenPlus, Greenmaster Pro-Lite and Sportsmaster WSF, as have the pitches at England’s Hutnik training camp.
ProSelect 1 Premium Sport is a blend of four Perennial Ryegrasses that was launched in the UK in 2009.
“It establishes rapidly to produce a deep-rooting, dense sward with high wear tolerance. It is proven to repair quickly from divots and is resistant to disease, cold and drought. But it is the rich, dark green winter colour that has caught the eye of turf professionals, particularly those preparing top-flight football pitches,” explains Ed Carter of Everris UK & Ireland.
The four fine-leaved ryegrasses in ProSelect 1 Premium Sport were bred specifically for their visual merit in America. The rich, dark green colour of grass varieties is undoubtedly what the market demands in the States and also in Mediterranean countries, while northern Europe has traditionally opted for lighter varieties.
ProSelect grass seed was used at the Bucharest National Arena in Romania which played host to the UEFA Europa League final on 9 May. It is also being used to grow in a new pitch at Coventry City Football Club’s Ricoh Arena, where 12 Olympic football matches will be played in eight days, less than eight weeks after the stadium hosted a concert by British alternative rock band, Coldplay. The stadium will be renamed the ‘City of Coventry Stadium’ for the duration of the Games.