WEMBLEY PITCH CONSULTANTS RESIGN

Wembley Stadium has announced the resignation of Sports Turf Research Institute after a controversial 13 months.

The company has been responsible for the playing surface since May 2009 and has been heavily criticised in recent months.

Wembley has brought in Desso Sports Systems to lay a new pitch for a trial period between major events this summer.

After a Green Day concert on June 19 there are no concerts at Wembley and officials believe the seasonal climatic conditions are optimal for embedding such a surface.

The new pitch will be used for the first time at The FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday 8 August.

Roger Maslin, Wembley managing director, said: "The pitch is at the heart of the stadium and football is our number one priority.‪

“However, Wembley Stadium is a multi-use venue and developing our event calendar with a range of football, rugby, sports and entertainment events is key to the success of our business plan.‪

"The crucial balance for us is to maintain a good quality playing surface for football, whilst at the same time fulfilling our business plan commitments and maintaining our heritage as a multi-event venue."

The Desso pitch will be in place from June throughout the 2010/11 football season, which concludes with the Football League Championship Final at Wembley.

Should England be successful in its bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the pitch will be used entirely for football in that calendar year through until the completion of the tournament.

Posted on 23/06/2010