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Canvi de gespa al Camp Nou /FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Work got underway as scheduled on Sunday on re-laying the Camp Nou pitch, which will be of the same type as Pitch Nº 1 at the Club’s training grounds. The new pitch will be ready in time for the opening league match against Real Sociedad on 18th or 19th August.

The first job is to remove the top layer of the existing surface and replace it with a mixture of sand and nutrients. Once this sub-layer has been consolidated, the new turf will be placed on top and allowed to take root. The whole process should be complete by the beginning of August.

A necessary change

After a careful study, the Club found that there is currently no refrigeration system capable of maintaining the Camp Nou pitch in optimum conditions during the hot summer months in Barcelona. In June, Barça president Sandro Rosell announced that the Club had decided the best solution was to re-lay the pitch every year to ensure the very best conditions for the Barça’s style of play.

Stadium improvements

The Club is also using the summer months to carry out a series of improvements to the stadium itself. These include the changing room tunnel, the exterior lighting, the refreshments area and new drainage channels for the pitch and the stands.

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