Jun 24, 2013
Gallas gives the thumbs up to Allianz Park
One of North London’s most well known sportsman has given the thumb ups to the artificial turf pitch and facilities at Allianz Park after visiting the stadium on Monday morning.
Former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and French international footballer William Gallas was visiting the ground to watch one of the 40 school sports days taking place in June and July.
And the 84-times capped defender was impressed by Saracens new home.
He said: “The stadium is very nice. When I went onto the pitch and I realised that it was artificial, I was surprised
“It is unbelievable. I thought that it would be grass, it looks amazing; I think the team who gets to play on that pitch will be very pleased as for me it looks one of the best surfaces around.”
Allainz Park aims to engage with the local community and promote sport throughout different age groups and backgrounds, and Gallas who also played for Chelsea during his time in the English Premier League, enjoyed his visit.
“It’s great to see the kids out here,” beamed the Frenchman.
“They can do what they like; they can run around and enjoy themselves, which is great to see. There is little bit of competition, but I think that is more between the parents than the children but everyone is happy to be here despite it being very cold today,” joked Gallas.
And Gallas is no stranger to the oval ball game due to family ties.
He added: “I follow rugby, my cousin Mathieu Bastareaud plays for Toulon I enjoy the game and I have to support Mathieu when he plays for Toulon and France. It was disappointing that they lost to New Zealand at the weekend so sometimes it is difficult to watch when France are defeated, but sometimes you win and sometimes you have to lose.”