Atlético to start laying Wanda Metropolitano pitch tomorrow

The first rolls of turf will be laid on Monday, giving just under two weeks for grass to take root before the inaugural game against Málaga on 16th September
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Estado del Wanda Metropolitano.

Atlético de Madrid remain on schedule for the inaugural game at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Málaga on 16 September. The Rojiblancos' first home game comes in Week 4 after away trips to Girona, Las Palmas and Valencia as well as the Champions League MatchDay 1 game at Roma.

The Wanda Metropolitano at night, last week

Football at grass roots level

From tomorrow, work will begin laying turf for the new pitch. Once the rolls of turf have been laid, grass will have just under two weeks to take root before Atleti play at their new stadium for the first time. 

This is how the stadium was looking at the end of July

New Wanda pitch to be a reference for other clubs

Eudald Morera, a director at turf engineering firm RoyalVerd, spoke to AS about the process:  "In 15 days, after laying the new turf, the pitch will be able to be played on. The turf to be used at the Wanda Metropolitano has bee cultivated over the past 12 months. The grass has to meet strict sporting criteria. The Wanda pitch should be a reference for other clubs to follow". 

Elsewhere, work has started on new access points to the stadium from the M-40 motorway which should be completed in a couple of months. And former player and coach Luis Aragonés now has his commemorative plaque in position on the Wanda Metropolitano Legends Walkway.