Synthetic Turf coming soon to professional football in Belgium

First-division STVV is coming up with a first in Belgian football: the club is having a synthetic grass surface laid in its main stadium. An agreement was signed in the Stayen stadium on 26 April 2011 and from next season top division Sint-Truiden will be playing their home matches on artificial grass.

Roland Duchatelet, the Club’s Chairman, had already been arguing in favour of allowing artificial grass pitches for first and second-division matches for some time. At last the Pro League gave the go-ahead earlier this year and the STVV chairman is now putting his words into action.

Executive Chairman, Nigel Fletcher commented: “Another postive development and increased acceptance of the benefits of synthetic turf in professional football.”