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BTS K-Pop concert damages Stade de France pitch before rugby final


Paris (AFP)

Concerts by Korean Pop band BTS have left part of the pitch at the Stade de France damaged ahead of this weekend's French Top 14 rugby final, a stadium official said on Friday.

An area covering 3 percent of the surface, stretching 3x30m on the halfway line, was affected but fresh grass cuttings will replace the worn out part of the field a matter of hours before Toulouse play Clermont late on Saturday.

"We held two concerts by the K-Pop group BTS last week, with an absolutely monumental level of production. It was a technical challenge," Alexandra Boutelier, the ground's director said.

"We treated the hardness of the ground in a way which kept it's technical consistency.

"We accept full responsibility of this situation, linked to our economic model of the stadium which avoids it from going in the red."

BTS, a seven-piece boy band, held two gigs at the 80,000 capacity arena on June 7-8 after a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and London's Wembley Stadium.

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