So, what’s the deal? You might have been asking that question. There have been concerns around the venue for the All Blacks opening game. All-Blacks and involved parties might have their concerns after learning the the International Stadium Yokohama turf was re-laid a month prior to the RWC 2019 that will happen in Japan.
The official mass medium has confirmed about the information. the court was stripped bare to provide the space for new turf to be installed on the surface to accommodate the upcoming global tournament.
As we know, the new and fresh turf, for some team could affect their performance. We have also heard the official statements from All Blacks that they hoped the laid turn would not affect their performance when they take on Springboks on September 21.
The All Blacks played at International Stadium Yokohama last October 2018. They have the muscle memories towards the old-fashioned turf. the team members are hoping that the newly installed turf won’t affect their performance. they hope that the turf will go right for them when they meet Springboks in the first pool game at the venue on September 21.
The new turf is a huge affecting change. it won’t please either team. On the contrary, the change could lead to the concerns which folks can relate to the overall performances of the team.
The officials also reported that the pitch was not in a good condition when the venue hosted the J1 League – Japan’s top-tier football competition. So, the newly laid turf is the solid proof of the quick actions from the officials of the RWC 2019.
The experts reported that the long rainy season in Kanto region has affected the condition of the arena. the thick rain procure the little sunlight exposure toward the grass in Yokohama area. That means with such a little sunlight, it is not surprising that the environment in the venue was in “sorry” condition. The harsh environment is not a very good new for the hybrid turf to grow.
There has been the concern that the pitch would be ready for the beginning of the RWC 2019 tournament. Yokohama City and the organizers made a decision to re-lay the turf just last week. Different from the All Blacks’ concerns, the organizers of the competition stated the different voices. They have been “comfortable” with their decision. It is 15 days to the opening of the RWC 2019 and they have been pretty optimistic with the time given to prepare for the event.
If you are a big fan of the All Blacks, let’s hope the best for them.