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Fears raised over Champions League final pitch as it was finished at 1am YESTERDAY

Fears arose over the Champions League final pitch as it turns out that the turf was not ready until 1AM YESTERDAY after being driven in 24 trucks from Spain – and laid in half the usual time due to a rapid turnaround of a new wave concert

  • The field at the Stade de France in Paris has been successfully reconstructed this week
  • Concerns have been raised as it was not completed until 1am on Thursday
  • Two dozen trucks came from Spain to help re-lay the field for the grand final
  • A new wave concert meant it had to be completed in half the usual time

A last-minute re-lay of the field for the Champions League final has sparked growing concern about the condition.

In February, UEFA confirmed that the 2021/22 final, to be played between Real Madrid and Liverpool, would be moved from Saint Petersburg to Paris due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

As a result, organizers were in a rush to get the Stade de France in Paris ready for Saturday’s final, with a backlog of events meaning the new pitch was not fully laid until 1 a.m. Thursday, as revealed by the Telegraph

The Stade de France has been catching up on events postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

On Saturday night, stadium organizers oversaw the second of two sold-out nights for French new wave band Indochine.

The plan was to get the football field ready in time for France’s Nations League match against Denmark on June 3.

But the UEFA substitution meant they had a week less than originally planned to prepare for the biggest game on European club football’s calendar.

The Champions League final field at the Stade de France was not completed until 1 am on Thursday

The Champions League final field at the Stade de France was not completed until 1 am on Thursday

500 rolls of peat were driven to Paris this week in 24 refrigerated trucks from Spain

500 rolls of peat were driven to Paris this week in 24 refrigerated trucks from Spain

It will be a point of contention for Liverpool and Real Madrid if the pitch becomes a problem

It will be a point of contention for Liverpool and Real Madrid if the pitch becomes a problem

“We were originally ready to lay the new turf in four to five days,” Benoit Lavallee, chief executive of iTurf Management, which manages four stadiums in France, including the Stade de France, told the Telegraph.

“With the Champions League final, it became a bit more challenging. We had to lay it in 48 hours.’

In a race against time, Lavellee told how 24 refrigerated trucks traveled from Spain on Sunday to turn the Stade de France from a concert venue into a football venue.

The pitch, a five percent synthetic hybrid, which is becoming more common today, is divided into 500 rolls. The first would have arrived in Paris around midnight on Monday.

Work started at 2am on Tuesday and reportedly from then on it was ‘non-stop’ to get the work done, with those working in the fields finishing things up by 1am on Thursday.

The organizers had to lay the surface in half the time they normally would due to a tight turnaround time

The organizers had to lay the surface in half the time they normally would due to a tight turnaround time

A sold-out new wave concert last weekend meant that there was little time to play everything again

A sold-out new wave concert last weekend meant that there was little time to play everything again

Ancelotti and his Real Madrid players train at the Stade de France on Friday

Klopp and his players can get a closer look at the pitch when their training starts

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti (left) and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (right) will take a closer look at the pitch on Friday, when each team is given time to surface training

It will be a point of contention for both Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti if the pitch becomes a focal point in such a big game.

Both teams will get an early look at the surface as they practice on it Friday night.

UEFA usually allows finalists to get a feel for the neutral venue and pitch by training on it the night before the game.

This field will last for most of June, with France’s Nations League games on June 3 against Denmark and June 13 against Croatia.

The final outing is the Top 14 rugby final on June 24, before the organizers are back to pull it up.

Coldplay and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are among the high-profile bands playing at the Paris venue this summer.

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