The hybrid playing field is finally arriving in Adana's new football stadium, meaning we're in the final stage of the 6-year telenovela. But it's still unlikely to de done before the 2020/21 season begins.
In Adana (southern Turkey, near Syria) work on the new 33,000-seat football stadium is finally nearing completion. Hybrid field installation has begun in mid-July and will take a few more weeks.
First, the playing area was covered with strips of synthetic turf, on which a thin layer of soil is being placed now. Then natural grass will be sown. It's one of two most popular ways of creating a hybrid surface, along stitching synthetic fibres into an already sown field.
While it instantly made the stadium look much better than before, it's still unlikely the stadium would be ready when promised, for the start of 2020/21. It would be already the 5th (!) season for which the notorious project wasn't delivered, starting with the initial deadline of 2016.
The third, most recent contract signed by the Sports Ministry earlier this year, gave contractors 100 days for the delivery of the field, seating, lighting, sound and other equipment throughout the building.
We're already well past 100 days. The seats alone are being installed since late March and there's still a significant number awaiting installation. With Adanaspor and Adana Demirspor both playing in 1. Lig (expected to see season launch in second half of September), it seems unlikely the building would be given the green light within the remaining 6-8 weeks.