everyone knows the Dutch have the best grass
Big excitement at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Hannover yesterday as the new grass brought in especially for the World Cup 2006 matches was rolled out. Only 16 more days to go! Do I care? Well, not that much, but you can sort of feel the energy in the air. As someone who doesn't have tickets, I'm sure I'll be glued to the TV like everyone else, especially near the end of the championship. Lucky bloggers Ginnie and Claire will both be attending games in Hannover, and James and Greenhaddock have snagged tickets for other locations.
The grass, which took a year to cultivate and will be used in 7 out of 12 of Germany's World Cup stadiums, comes from Holland. It will be (or has already been - I'm not quite sure) installed in locations ranging from Dortmund, only 90 minutes away from the Netherlands, to Munich, which is a nine-hour journey during which the grass must be kept cool at all times.
Apparently some Germans were a bit upset at the prospect of having Dutch grass on German soil. This discomfort stems from the intense rivalry between German and Dutch football teams and fans. I'm sure they'll get over it though when the fun starts.
Here's the schedule in Hannover in case anyone's interested.
Real German grass direct from my garden says, "Hey, what am I? Chopped liver?"