9 June 2017 - An expert jury has handed out awards for the 2016/17 "Pitch of the Year" for the excellent quality of pitches. The awards were handed out to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund for the quality of their pitch at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, and Bundesliga 2 champions VfB Stuttgart for their pitch at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
This award was handed out for the fourth time. Last year's winners VfL Wolfsburg came in second place in the Bundesliga category, while RB Leipzig, who won the award for the best Bundesliga 2 pitch in 2015/16, came in third. 1. FC Heidenheim came in second place in the Bundesliga 2 category, with VfL Bochum 1848 in third.
The award ceremony will be part of the 10th Information Meeting for Groundsmen which will take place on 5 and 6 September at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The grading from the three members of the German Pitch Association (DRG e.V.) is based on the three-block evaluation system of sport, jury evaluation and grading, as well as self-assessment by the stadium groundsmen. The captains of both clubs from each Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 game, as well as the referees of each match, were also asked to give their assessment of the condition of the pitch after each game, using a scale from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent). A points table is created by adding the average grades for each match.