BayArena named Pitch of the Year

A great honour for Bayer 04 and the BayArena: An expert panel from the German Football League (DFL) judged the BayArena to be the Bundesliga Pitch of the Year for the 2017/18 campaign – ahead of Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena) a last year's winners Borussia Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park).

This is the fifth  Bundesliga  Pitch of the Year award. The assessment was made by a three-person panel of experts consisting of members of the German Pitch Society (DRG e.V.) based on the three elements of the  'sport assessment system', 'panel assessment of measured data and grading' and on-site evaluation by the panel. The sport assessment system involves the captains of both clubs and the referee giving their verdict on the condition of the pitch after every match in the top two divisions of the Bundesliga on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). The rankings are calculated by the total of the average ratings.

The award is based on the expectation the pitches in the  professional leagues will look good and play perfectly over the course of the season. The playing surface is used at all times of year and in all weathers so it requires proper care. In addition, the conditions have to be provided to play a normal game. That places the highest demands on the quality criteria for the pitch.

The ground staff at Bayer 04 are led by the head groundsman Georg Schmitz.

The award will be presented at the eleventh Information Meeting for Ground Staff on 9 September.

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