The UEFA Europa League round of 32 was played recently at the Saint Petersburg Stadium – Zenit Arena, where F.C. Zenit challenged Celtic on the new Mixto reinforced natural hybrid surface from Limonta Sport.
Zenit Arena, a venue for the 2018 World Cup Semi-final, selected the best surface technology currently on the market: Mixto, a perfect synergy between natural and artificial turf.
It all began in Denmark, where 8,000 square metres of reinforced grass were pre-cultivated by NKI.
The Mixto carpet is made in Italy and consists of synthetic components which are combined with natural components in the country of use. The artificial matrix is perfectly designed to better promote the natural components’ germination, growth and development.
This composite system creates conditions for perfect oxygenation, permeability of the surface layer, and a perfect air-water-soil balance, preventing the formation of muddy areas or waterlogging.
Mixto provides stability, permeability and maximum safety for athletes, with reduced maintenance costs compared to 100% natural surfaces.
Mixto has a perforated base on which a small percentage of artificial grass is incorporated and where natural grass then grows. This structure makes the hybrid turf three times stronger than natural grass, and more resistant to playing stress, while athletes’ perception is almost identical to that of fully natural turf.
At the end of January, 20 refrigerated trucks transported the Mixto turf from Denmark to Saint Petersburg in about 60 hours. Thanks to Lay and Play technology the pitch was laid in less than 4 days, while temperatures inside and outside the stadium differed by 30oC.
Mixto has already been chosen by some of the biggest and best international clubs: Barnabèu stadium – Real Madrid C.F., Vismara Sports Center, Milanello sports center – A.C. Milan, Athletic Bilbao, Amsterdam Arena, Rijeka Stadium, Alianz Riviere Stadium, and KKA Gent Club Arena.
In the UK, idverde, Europe’s leading comprehensive green space provider can exclusively supply, install and maintain Mixto. For more information, please see our dedicated Mixto page.