The first stage of the Chinese Super League is coming to an end. "Xinhua News Agency" wrote that the turf conditions in the Suzhou Division are still not optimistic, and the intermission of the league may be relieved.
Qin Xixian, executive deputy general manager of Suzhou Olympic Sports Center Management Co., Ltd., said that before the start of the game, the company was mentally prepared and designed many turf maintenance programs, but there were still many difficulties. Qin Xixian said: “The Chinese Super League’s decision to come to Suzhou from the beginning of July to the start of the 25th will only take more than 20 days. Coupled with more than 40 consecutive days of heavy rainfall and high temperature, the turf damage is relatively large in the first game, especially In the most intense competition for the penalty zone and the sideline zone where the linesman ran. The pressure was very high at that time. Some employees even slept in the stadium and worked overtime all night."
The Suzhou Olympic Sports Center has additionally hired a professional maintenance unit, with foreign experts taking care of the turf. The Jiangsu Football Association also hired a team of consultants to coordinate the maintenance of 3 competition venues and 9 training venues. The addition of professional forces enabled the recovery of the turf of the Suzhou Olympic Sports Center, which provided a guarantee for the smooth progress of the first stage of the Chinese Super League.
However, the competition field in the Suzhou Division has not yet reached the ideal state. Sun Ri, the head of the blue zone competition group in the division, said: "However, the competition schedule is very intensive. Basically, there is a game every three days in the competition field, leaving time for turf maintenance. Very short. During the league, only partial grass replacement and enhanced maintenance can be used to maintain field conditions as much as possible."
The first stage of the Chinese Super League will end on the 28th, and the league will usher in a half-month break. Qin Xixian said expectantly: "Finally, we can let the turf breathe." Starting on the 29th, the large-scale winter grass planting and leveling of the ground at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Center will begin as planned. According to the construction plan provided by the organizing committee, this will be a National Day without intermittent period for all site maintenance staff in the Suzhou competition area.
Regarding the turf conditions after the intermission period, Qin Xixian said: "When the second stage begins, it is expected that the winter grass germination and smoothness of the stadium will be ideal. Please rest assured that the Suzhou Olympic Sports Center will compete for the championship group of the Super League. Provide a good venue condition."