Bahia’s Arena Fonte Nova to install artificial turf – Palmeiras to follow
One of the rules approved recently by the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) for the upcoming Campeonato Brasileiro 2018 is the authorization to use artificial turf in the Serie A stadiums. In effect, EC Bahia has asked for the Arena Fonte Nova to begin the process to move from grass to turf by 2019.
According to club president Guilherme Bellintani, this change will allow for the team to use the field more constantly. As natural grass deteriorates more rapidly, the sinthetic field will allow Bahia to have all their youth teams and senior team to train on the field without the fear or danger of damaging the grass.
When Bahia officially introduces the new turf, it will become the second team in the league to do so, only after Atletico-PR. Regardless of the controversy that comes with playing on turf (injuries, bounce of the ball, etc.), the move to synthetic grass could become a trend as also Palmeiras is analyzing to do the same at the Allianz Parque.