SGL Masterclass 2023

A look back at this year’s edition in Munich & Augsburg.

SGL Masterclass 2023 Bayern Munich

Put 85 groundsmen from 17 nationalities together, and you get a melting pot of different perspectives, ideas, and visions. In two intense days the Masterclass group of 2023 enjoyed inspiring presentations by highly regarded speakers, impressive venue tours, and time to connect with groundsmanagers from all over the world.

Day one: Allianz Stadium

Allianz Arena has been a front runner in sustainable pitch management long before the topic made the headlines. As an early adopter of energy efficient LED technology, Allianz Arena was the perfect venue to learn more about responsible pitch management. After presentations from Nick Pappas – Field Director at National Football LeagueJoachim Baur – Head of Stadium & Infrastructure at Deutsche Fussball League and Lee Guerriero – Pitch and Technology Specialist at UEFA, interactive sessions, and an impressive venue tour it was time for the group to meet up over a nice dinner and a drink.

Day two: FC Bayern Campus & WWK Arena

Day two started off at the FC Bayern Campus, where the group toured the facilities where young talent develops and dreams of making the FC Bayern Munich first team. A bus ride took us to WWK Arena, home of Bundesliga 1. club FC Augsburg. Again, the group toured the venue, and got a sneak preview of exciting innovations coming up. We ended the day with lunch and a closing presentation.

We would like to thank Allianz Arena and WWK Arena for having us, and all attendees for their enthusiasm and passion for the craft. We hope to see you all soon!


Anthony Parker
Deputy Head of Grounds - Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

“Once again the SGL Masterclass was a wonderful event, in a great city with some interesting talks and some great tours incorporated into the 2 days, a great chance to network with people from all over the globe. All for the love of grass!”

SGL Masterclass 2023 Bayern Munich
Roy van Dijk
Fieldmanager - Johan Cruijff Arena

“Everything was superbly organised! Made a lot of contacts and had some super interesting conversations.”

SGL Masterclass 2023 Bayern Munich
Marcus Pamplin
Head Curator - Blundstone Arena

“Truly a terrific conference, where the staffs knowledge of their products and a willingness to help tailor a solution to your venue is paramount. First class!”

SGL Masterclass 2023 Bayern Munich
Andrew Jackson
Grounds Manager - Stoke City Football Club

“SGL Masterclass brings together the world’s leaders in grass technology and ground staff. Where both can parties can learn and help shape the future of the grass growth in stadiums.”

SGL Masterclass 2023 Bayern Munich