Concerts, NFL and now Major League Baseball – What Next?Peter Houghton
Over recent years we have seen the proliferation of live music events, resulting in our playing surfaces getting ripped up and remastered in time for the new season.
We have also seen “in-season” NFL matches regularly played at the National Stadium at Wembley which added more spice over the last 2 years because it was the temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur, a premier league team.
Now the London Stadium has hosted Major League Baseball match-ups between New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the baseball equivalent of “El Classico” in Spanish Football terms.
It took them 23 days to convert the London Stadium’s football surface into one that could host baseball and it begs the question as to whether it will have been successfully restored as football pitch in time for West Ham’s opening match of the season against…you guessed it the reigning Champions, Manchester City.
It was Manchester City who were forced to play at Wembley immediately after the last NFL offering, when the pitch was nothing like Premier League standard and their footballers were forced to run the risk of injury at an important time in PL circles. The Blues came through that one with a 1-0 win.
What will the playing surface at the London Stadium hold in store for them when they begin their title defence? West Ham are scheduled to host Athletic Club de Bilbao on 3 August.
We have already seen on social media that despite 5 summer concerts, the last being on 18 June when the Etihad was blessed with a Metallica concert, the field is up and running and ready to host Tottenham on the weekend of 17/18 August.
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