Camp Nou replaces turf in preparation for the new season
New hybrid grass designed to achieve optimum results within the established timeframe ready for the new season to begin in September
The Camp Nou is fully immersed in the replacement of the hybrid playing surface to get the pitch ready for the start of the 2020/21 season, scheduled for September. After the previous season came to an atypical end due to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis and the need to play the Champions League second leg in August, when FC Barcelona beat Napoli 3-1 to earn a quarter final meeting with Bayern Munich in Lisbon, work began on Monday 10 August on getting the pitch in prime condition for the start of the new league campaign.
The pitch is being replaced as part of a yearly monitoring programme based on the needs analysis of meteorological, climatic, agronomic and biomechanical values. A series of tasks are performed beginning with the removal of the surface turf, and followed by elimination of the roots and fibres, separating them together with the organic matter and sand. Once the base has been cleared down to the undersoil heating system, the surface is re-covered with sand, which is then levelled and new sods of turf are put on top. The hybridisation process that follows uses latest generation machinery to bind the sections and achieve the finest possible results in the shortest time possible.
The turf is selected from the finest nurseries in Europe to meet the strict FC Barcelona requirements. Refrigerated trucks transport the grass by day and they are laid that same evening to reduce stress to a minimum and avoid the hottest times of the day. This means the laying procedure takes longer than usual, around 2,000 m2/day, but ensures the best possible adaptation.