The pitch of the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador finished being laid down on 21 January, following several technical criteria and using highly advanced technology. The process was done using the sprig method (manually spreading the plant, in twigs). The grass species chosen is the Bermuda Celebration, more suitable for tropical climates and the same type used in the Castelão and Mineirão stadiums.
The stadium’s pitch has 35 irrigation points throughout its length, it measures 105m by 68m and is 10 metres away from the stands on the sidelines, and 12.30 metres from the goal lines. The pitch takes up an area of 9 thousand square metres. “A study was done to establish how regular irrigation should take place, as well as how much water the sprinklers should spray", explains José Luiz Góes, Fonte Nova's operation and engineering director.