Tottenham’s New Turf: Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium has taken a giant step towards completion with the delivery of the new pitch.
The rolls of turf, which have been imported from Holland, arrived at the start of the week and are now being meticulously laid out as the new White Hart Lane arena begins to look more like home.
Such is the club’s attention to detail, members of the ground staff have been based out in Holland for the past two months to ensure the surface arrived in pristine condition.
The pitch is a hybrid of natural grass reinforced with polypropylene strands and is very similar to the playing surface at the old White Hart Lane.
In an indication of the immense logistical operation involved, the turf is being transported to London in 23 refrigerated lorries over the next three days.
Each roll of turf weighs 1.5 tonnes and his 2.4 metres wide by 12 metres long. Specialised equipment is needed to unroll each strip of turf, with the club’s webcams at the stadium showing work starting from the outside and then working into the centre.
It will take up to four weeks for the turf to properly bed in and keeps Spurs on target to move into their new 62,062-capacity home for their Premier League fixture against Burnley on December 15.
Earlier in the summer, three retractable trays were installed beneath the pitch. They will slide back underneath the stadium’s south stand when NFL games are played on an artificial surface that has been placed underneath the grass.
The last week of September saw the safe standing rails and seats installed into the home end of the stadium.
Spurs were originally meant to move into the £850million stadium back in August but a series of delays pushed this back as they continued to play the bulk of their home fixtures at Wembley.
They even had to play their third round Carabao Cup tie against Watford at Stadium MK last week.
Spurs will be back at Wembley on Wednesday night when they host Barcelona in the Champions League.
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