Work on Euro 2012 Ukraine stadium pitch to start soon

The team behind the UEFA Champions League Final football pitch in Moscow is gearing up to start work on the Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk Stadium in time for Euro 2012.

Support in Sport (SIS) has completed the designs for the pitch. Chief executive officer George Mullan said work would begin around the end of this month.

"This will be the biggest project we'll work on this year," said Mullan. He added that a final decision had not been made on where the turf would come from, although it is likely to be Germany or Slovakia.

"We may look at growing it in the Ukraine but that is a long-term project," Mullan added.

The five-star UEFA pitch will include under-soil heating, automatic irrigation and full drainage, and will be completed before the stadium opens next August.

The firm has also this month completed a returf of Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium. A team of eight staff worked on the project using a ryegrass-mix turf lifted from the Real Madrid training ground.

"The biggest challenge was that the stadium access was very small so logistically it was tricky," Mullan explained.

The team removed 6cm from the old surface and brought in 8km of turf to create the new pitch.


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