WEMBLEY are taking a leaf out of the Galpharm book.
They are planning to use their new Desso pitch – like that at the stadium in Huddersfield – for the 2018 World Cup if England’s bid to host the tournament is successful.
After a season of problems with the turf at the national stadium which prompted fierce criticism from Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and Chelsea captain John Terry, a new Desso pitch was laid in June after a concert by American rock band Green Day.
The move towards a Desso pitch, which uses artificial fibres intermingled with real grass, is a first for Wembley. The Desso Grassmaster pitches have already been successful at the Galpharm and clubs like Spurs, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Wembley chiefs are hoping it will also solve their problems.
Desso pitches were also in place at two stadiums during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and will be used for the first time at Wembley during The FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United next month.