The stage is set for football's World Cup in Germany, after the organizing committee approved the newly laid playing field at the stadium in Hanover.
With the approval of the Hanover field Wednesday, all 12 stadiums now have playing surfaces that fit the requirements of 25 percent rye grass and 75 percent Kentucky bluegrass.
Field preparations at the stadiums included more than 96,000 square meters of new turf.
Organizers say the fields now will be mown, fertilized and watered in a what is billed as a "carefully orchestrated program to bring the surfaces into perfect condition" and to the approved height of 2.8 centimeters. Some information for this report was provided by AP.