In Russia's top football stadiums, the grass is growing. Across the world the fans are waiting. The countdown has begun. When the referee blows the starting whistle on the opening game, the world will discover the strength and resilience of DLF's latest turf varieties.
On June 14, the eyes of the world will be on Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as Russia and Saudi Arabia stride out for the first match of the year's greatest football tournament. For 90 tough minutes, the 22 players will give the ball and the grass beneath their feet the most aggressive and unforgiving assault imaginable. The turf that can withstand those sliding tackles and the relentless pounding of studs has to be exceptional.
In the Russian turf-seed market, DLF is a clear leader. With more than 100 turf varieties registered on the Russian National Variety List, there's plenty for Russian groundsmen to choose from. So it's no surprise to discover that eight out of the 12 tournament stadiums have chosen DLF grass seed for their moment in the spotlight.
"It’s fantastic to be a part of the World Cup for the third time in a row, and to have such a strong position in turf grass for this top event," says DLF's CCO, Søren Halbye. "Although the Russian stadiums are spread throughout various climate zones, we have identified grass solutions to suit the different conditions, and we are confident that our grass will last all the way to the final."
The cold winters, warm summers, and regional variations of the Russian climate present a string of performance challenges for turf grasses. Each Russian stadium has to take account of these stressful conditions when choosing its tournament grass. What works in one stadium may not work so well in another.
Resilience is the primary characteristic for a grass grown for a world-class football tournament. During the long month of play, the 32 national teams will play 64 matches, seven of which will take place in the Luzhniki Stadium. Nevertheless, on July 15 when the winning team lifts the trophy, the fans will expect the turf of the Luzhniki to look as good as it did on the day the tournament started.