Sparta Rotterdam are hoping to switch from artificial turf to real grass in the long-term.

At the moment, Sparta Rotterdam are one of three teams in the Eredivisie that plays on artificial turf, along with Heracles Almelo and Emmen.

However, chairman Leo Ruijs has told RTV Rijnmond that the intention is to change to real grass and renovate their Het Kasteel stadion, “In order to be able to stay in the Eredivisie longer in the long term, we have to lift the stadium to a higher level in order to generate greater turnover.

“To get there we have to go to grass and we will also have to establish professional football at Nieuw Terbregge.”

Ruijs believes that real grass will eventually become a requirement for all Eredivisie clubs, “I think the Eredivisie CV will make it part of the license requirements. I think it is inevitable that we will play on grass. We want it and so do our supporters.”

A move to grass will also help Sparta attract better players, “At first there was a really good reason why we chose synthetic turf; that was a financial story. But now you have those license requirements in mind. Plus: it also limits you when you look at the market of potential players for Sparta. We are missing out on quite a few players due to artificial turf. That is an extra reason. “




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