Champions League final to be played on Hatko Hybridgrass surface

The 2020 UEFA Champions League final at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will be played on a Hatko Hybridgrass playing surface, it has been announced.

The match will be played on May 30 and will mark the second time that the Atatürk has hosted the final of UEFA’s showpiece club competition after it staged Liverpool’s famous comeback win against AC Milan in 2005.

Hatko is an artificial turf specialist and is based in Osmaniye in southern Turkey. Hatko’s Hybridgrass surface is already used by the likes of Zenit St Petersburg,

Hatko will be exhibiting the Hybridgrass technology during the FSB Cologne event next month and at the Saltex Birmingham conference at the NEC later this week.

Hatko Hybridgrass merges natural grass and synthetic turf and the company states the surface combines all the benefits of the former with the strength and durability of the latter.

The surface is installed on a carefully-selected root zone layer and filled with a specifically-defined root zone mixture before being drilled with sports-field grass. The natural grass then grows between the synthetic grass fibres to create a strong and vigorous playing surface.

The 2019 Champions League final was held at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Last month, UEFA confirmed that the 2021 to 2023 finals would be held in Saint Petersburg, Munich and London, respectively, with the latter’s Wembley Stadium to host the match to tie in with the centenary year of the opening of the original venue.

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