SC to unveil signature grass species for Qatar 2022 soon

 28 Jan 2018 - 10:12

SC to unveil signature grass species for Qatar 2022 soon
SC’s Yasser Al Mulla delivers a presentation on pitch development project during ESSMA Summit. Image from Twitter.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Qatar will soon reveal the signature grass species to be used for stadiums of 2022 FIFA World Cup, said Yasser Al Mulla, the Supreme Committee’s Landscape and Sport Turf Management Senior Manager.

He told delegates at the 2018 European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) Summit recently held in Dublin, that Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy had developed significant turf development knowledge for Qatar’s conditions, according to a report published on SC’s website.

“We have created a state-of-the-art research and development centre – one of the only two in the world – which aims to deliver the perfect pitch for 2022. Our aim is to develop a signature pitch that can be used in winter or summer, in shade or in sunlight,” he said.

Al Mulla revealed that the SC had tested 24 different types of grass during its research and also broken a world record by relaying the pitch at Khalifa International Stadium in just 13.5 hours. 

“Our trials have provided insightful data on grass resilience for different weather conditions and soil types. We will soon reveal the signature grass species to be used during the tournament,” he added.

He told the delegates at the ESSMA Summit that all eight venues would be completed well in advance of the tournament.

He said that Qatar remains committed to hosting a historic event that bridges cultures in just four years’ time.  “All the stadiums will be completed two years before the tournament starts,” Al Mulla informed attendees at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. “Khalifa International Stadium has already been completed and it was opened by His Highness The Emir last May. The other seven stadiums are currently being constructed, with two – Al Wakrah Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – are close to completion,” he informed. 

As well as updating delegates on infrastructure progress, Al Mulla spoke about the power of hosting mega events such as the FIFA World Cup. “The event is helping to accelerate progress across Qatar,” said Al Mulla. “It is also helping to break down social barriers. We know that sport has the power to bring people together and help them understand different cultures. Hosting the first World Cup in the Middle East is a huge responsibility and we are determined to make the whole region very proud,” he remarked.

The summit offers a platform for stadium professionals to share, learn and discuss topics related to stadium development, operations and ticketing, sustainability, safety and security, fan entertainment and hospitality, and pitch management. This year’s summit, which was held in partnership with the European Professional Football Leagues and European Club Association, attracted speakers from numerous football clubs, including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Valencia. 

More than 375 participants from clubs, stadiums, leagues and federations attended the two-day event, which was established in 2015.

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