The Wembley pitch is to be dug up immediately following fierce criticism of the stadium's playing surface on FA Cup semi-final weekend.
Arsene Wenger described the surface 'a disaster' after Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Saturday, while Sir Alex Ferguson called it 'dead' in the aftermath of Manchester United's penalty shoot-out defeat to Everton 24 hours later.
In the wake of such criticism, stadium officials decided to launch a thorough review of the pitch and have concluded the rye grass surface should be replaced with immediate effect.
The new pitch will be a different composition to the current one, which it is hoped will be better suited to the stadium design.
Although the FA had confirmed there would be a new 'sand-soil' pitch installed, it was not anticipated the work would be done until after next month's FA Cup Final. Instead, the new one will be down before the FA Trophy clash between Stevenage and York on May 9.
There have been problems with the new stadium's pitch since it first opened just over two years ago.
Due to the number of non-footballing events, including pop concerts and speedway races, which are required at Wembley to make the rebuilding project viable, it was felt the rye-grass option was more likely to withstand the extra punishment. Read it all here