Pitch experts have begun work on the installation of a state-of-the-art Desso pitch, bringing to an end around 153 years of football being played on a traditional surface at the oldest professional football stadium in the world.
Desso GrassMaster is a sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres. The artificial grass fibres are injected 20 centimetres (7.9") deep, and cover about 3 per cent of the surface.
While the grass is growing, the roots intertwine with the artificial fibres. The designers claim this anchors the field to create a solid, even structure with good drainage and 'playing comfort'.
The new pitch, which is expected to be completed by July, is made up of reinforced natural grass or hybrid grass is used for stadium pitches and training pitches, rugby, American football and baseball.
Clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool all play on Desso pitches, whilst Wembley also has one. Reinforced natural grass can also be used for events and concerts. The artificial turf injection shortens the recovery time for the grass.
Throughout the summer, Sheffield United hope to keep fans up-to-date with the progress of the new turf - time-lapse films of the progress like the one below will be available via BladesPlayer.TV and SheffieldUTube - the official Blades YouTube channel.