RSI SPORTS partners with KAA Gent to roll out ‘pitch of the future’ concept

KAA Gent has embraced RSI technology to maintain its position as the most innovative sports venue in the Belgian football league. The club will receive a 3rd generation hybrid field and are scheduling to implement the cutting-edge LED based grass grow technology and the UVC equipment to support and maintain all of its fields pesticide free. 

RSI SPORTS and Belgian Jupiler Pro League side, KAA Gent, have agreed to roll out these new technologies from the summer of this year for use on all of its fields.

The stadium field at the Club’s Ghelamco Arena will be reconstructed with the new RSI HYBRIGRASS hybrid system. As the backing of a hybrid field usually works as an insulator, this third generation hybrid system has been designed to facilitate the natural vertical flow of moisture and heat in the top layer of the field. The very open design will prevent the grassroots from overheating.

Rob de Heer of RSI SPORTS, said:

A multifunctional stadium such as the Ghelamco Arena requires more than just top-quality grass. RSI SPORTS has all the technology and knowledge to achieve this and stands out because it dares to use non-traditional but proven techniques.


Jupiler Pro League side, KAA Gent, has embraced RSI technology to maintain Ghelamco Arena’s position as the most innovative sports venue in the Belgian football league

The growing and recuperation conditions for the field will be guaranteed by using Rhenac SPORTS LED grass grow technology. Its ability to deliver the Complete Light Spectrum (CLS) means that the grass will always receive the exact colour blue light that will increase the sward density and enhance root growth, or the red colour that will stimulate the germination of grass seeds and the increase of its biomass.

Pitch perfect

Dirk Piens, Director Organisation & Infrastructure KAA Gent, said:

Through this collaboration, we will not only approach the installation, renovation and maintenance of our natural grass pitches in a more data-driven way, but this choice also fits perfectly into our sustainability story by saving water and reducing the use of pesticides.

RSI SPORTS will also introduce the UV-C grass care technology to maintain the perfect condition of the field without the need for pesticides.

Arnoud Fiolet of RSI SPORTS, added:

The high demands placed on pitches in multifunctional stadiums today require the use of new innovations and techniques. RSI SPORTS has several ground breaking solutions and methods that have already proven themselves. We are confident that our partnership with KAA Gent will help them further enhance the reputation of their Ghelamco Arena as the most innovative stadium in Belgium.

For more information:

RSI SPORTS – Mr. Arnoud Fiolet via

RSI SPORTS – Mr. Hans Borgers via

KAA Gent – Mr. Dirk Piens via

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