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Soon a new lawn at Josy Barthel stadium

The saga of the lawn of the national stadium is experiencing a new episode in the middle of a coronavirus crisis. While the practice of football and rugby remains strictly prohibited, the installation of a brand new surface is imminent at the route d’Arlon.

The saga of the lawn of the national stadium is experiencing a new episode in the middle of a coronavirus crisis. While the practice of football and rugby remains strictly prohibited, the installation of a brand new surface is imminent at the route d’Arlon.

(JFC, with kev) – As far as they can one day enjoy it, Luxembourg footballers and rugby players will snort at the end of summer on a completely new natural lawn at the Josy Barthel stadium. The work to remove the rolled turf ribbons laid in disaster last November began on Wednesday. This will be followed by sanding before the new grass can be sown. Experts say the brand new land should be ready for use within two to three months.

This new episode comes in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. The deconfinement is still in its infancy, while all team sports events were canceled until July 31. Scheduled at the Josy Barthel stadium on May 24, the 96th final of the Football Cup will not take place, nor will the Luxembourg – Hungary rugby match, scheduled for May 9. The next official event currently scheduled on the Route d’Arlon is the Luxembourg – Montenegro football match on September 8 as part of the League of Nations. Enough time to maintain the new natural coating.

Brand new lawn should be ready for use within two to three months

Photo: Guy Jallay

As a reminder, the installation of a new lawn at short notice at the end of November had cost 250,000 euros for a life estimated at around six months. This episode had been at the origin of a conflict between the club of Dudelange, which had taken the expenses with its load, and the Federation (FLF) which had brought him no financial support.

It remains to be seen when the Kockelscheuer stadium, the new setting for football and rugby selections, will be usable. Constantly postponed due to budget overruns, its official opening is now envisaged for spring 2021 following the complete cessation of construction sites in March and April, when it was supposed to be done this fall.

“At the moment we cannot say for sure when the stadium will open. We had hoped for October or November 2020. We are now leaving for the spring of 2021 – but this is a date that we give with the greatest caution, “declared Simone Beissel, the alderman (DP) for Infrastructures and New constructions at the City of Luxembourg on April 21, the day after the resumption of works.


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