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3 mrt 2005 - Source:

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The pitch of the Eindhoven Philips Stadium is in perfect condition. In spite of the wintry circumstances, tonight’s cup tie can be kicked off on a very fine pitch. Since the start of the 2004-2005 season, the Stadium Grow Lighting concept has been in operation on the pitch. The company SGL (Stadium Grow Lighting) has developed a unique artificial lighting concept, which makes it possible to grow grass in every stadium suffering from severe shade problems, even during wintertime. Excellent grass growth, fast recovery after damage and a strong pitch are the results of this unique concept.The concept is based on the expertise of natural turf and breeding techniques in agriculture. PSV Stadium Manager Tom Ploegsma explains: "The pitch has been extensively used the past few days under frosty and snowy circumstances. Last week Saturday PSV played at home; the players had two training sessions on the pitch on Monday and Tuesday and tonight PSV will meet TOP Oss for a cup tie. We are delighted that the pitch is very solid and there is far less damage than usual in these circumstances." "The grassroots are twelve centimetres long, which is 2.5 cm longer than last year. The quality of the turf has improved by some forty per cent, compared to last year. The Philips Stadium pitch is one of the best in Holland."