Thursday, March 19, 2015

Avoid Using Synthetic Pitch At National Stadium - Khairy

PETALING JAYA, March 18 (Bernama) -- The National Stadium in Bukit Jalil is making a final attempt to keep its turf natural by using cow grass and it is hopeD it wILL be compatible with the pitch to avoid using a synthetic pitch.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said various turfs have been planted in the stadium including paspalum and bermuda, but they proved to be not suitable.

"If cow grass also does not thrive in the pitch, I do not know what else would. This problem has been plaguing us for a long time and we have tried paspalum and bermuda to no avail.

"This is the last one, there is no other grass. Otherwise we have to go synthetic but for me the National Stadium cannot use a synthetic pitch...has to be natural grass," he told reporters after the 2014 Malaysian Sports Writers Association (SAM)-100 PLUS award presentation ceremony here today.

The issue of turf at the National Stadium has been a subject of debate among local football fans ever since the pitch was described as unplayable.

In 2013, Khairy directed the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to be closed after complaints on the deplorable condition of the field which forced the friendly match between Barcelona FC and Malaysia to be shifted at the last minute to Shah Alam Stadium.

Since then, the stadium underwent a RM1.5 million turf change and the ministry tried both cow grass and bermuda green mountain grass.

After the restoration, the stadium was the venue for the Malaysia Cup final between Pahang and Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) on November 1 last year and the quality of the pitch was once again the focus of much unhappiness by various parties.

At that time, Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) had about a month to restore the field if Harimau Malaya were to qualify for the next round of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Unfortunately, the National Stadium was eventually not chosen as the venue for the first leg semi-final of the AFF Suzuki Cup between Harimau Malaya and Vietnam when the Football Association of Malaysia found the field to be still unsuitable.


1 comment:

  1. Cowgrass may not be the perfect grass but I believe it is the one of the best grass for this particular stadium due to the shade problem there as Cowgrass is highly shade-tolerant.
    Having said that, it is not problem free. Its response to drought is faster than most grasses by going dormant within a few days of no water. A good irrigation system will help of course, but be advised that too generous with water (or poor drainage) will result in shallow root system which will manifest itself during sliding tackles and divots (when the players kick the ball). According to Dr Donald Loch from Univ of Queensland in a paper presented in a seminar in 2011, Cowgrass also has poor wear tolerance.
    But under the circumstances, I think Cowgrass would do well as long as it is properly maintained. Though I wish we had chosen it not through trial-and-error.