Case study: FC Nordsjælland brings synthetic turf to UEFA Champions League

Farum Park, the home of FC Nordsjælland, became the first stadium in the Danish Superliga to install synthetic turf in 2012.

The install coincided with the club’s UEFA Champions League debut in the 2012/13 season, playing group matches against Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and champions Chelsea on the synthetic surface.

The football stadium is also part of Farum Park Sports and Conference Centre, comprising a 48-room hotel, conference and meeting rooms, fitness centre and restaurant.

The synthetic turf surface within the stadium is available for private hire, an option made possible by the club’s decision to install synthetic turf, a surface that permits longer usage hours. The pitch therefore acts as an additional source of revenue for the club, which, as ESTO executive chairman Nigel Fletcher comments, contributes to the case in favour of the surface: “This excellent example shows the impact of synthetic turf, not only for professional football but the positive role the utilisation of the surface can have for income generation and wider community use.”

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