In 2012, four new synthetic turf pitches were installed at Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, the training complex for FC Barcelona.
Also known as FCB Sports City, the site was already home to four existing synthetic turf pitches, which had been in use since 2002. The new surfaces were in replace of these; since being installed, all four have been awarded the FIFA RECOMMENDED TWO STAR quality mark.
In a decision that underlines the long term durability of synthetic turf, two of the four existing pitches at FCB Sports City were removed and reinstalled at a site next to Miniestadi, a 15,276-seat stadium next to the Nou Camp and the venue for FC Barcelona B and C teams’ home matches.
The various components that made up the system installed ten years ago, to include rubber, sand and turf, were carefully separated to ensure that they remained in a suitable condition to be recycled. The old turf was reinstalled to create two training pitches, further enhancing the facilities available to all teams within the club’s development programme.
For more information, click here to view a case study on FC Barcelona and its use of synthetic turf.