Monday June 18 2012
San Siro turf to remain natural

Inter and Milan have opted against installing a fully synthetic pitch at San Siro, instead choosing a surface that is predominantly natural.

Much debate and criticism from visiting teams, most notably Barcelona in March, has surrounded the quality of the playing surface that is relayed twice a year at the 82,000-seater stadium.

In the spring, Rossonero Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed that the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza’s two tenants would look into finding a long-term solution to the surface and hinted that an artificial surface would be the best option.

However, in considering their options, Inter and Milan have agreed to instead choose a mixed surface that consists mostly of naturally-grown grass, mixed with soil, sand and artificial grass underneath.

As La Repubblica report, the pitch that is developed by Dutch company Desso is designed to provide ‘optimal performance’ for users for up to 900 hours of play, as opposed to the 300 hours the current, 100 per cent natural turf San Siro has.

The new surface, which will be ready for the season kick-off in August, will require ‘constant illumination’, which will be achieved between games by installing and suspending lamps two feet above the surface.