Work begins on re-laying Murrayfield pitch

Work underway on re-laying pitch.Picture: Comp
Work underway on re-laying pitch.Picture: Comp
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THE task of re-laying the rugby pitch at Murrayfield Stadium has started after the old surface was removed.

Over the last two months the ground has been excavated and replaced with fresh soil to combat an infestation of nematode worms which attack the grass root structure – making the pitch susceptible to damage during scrums.

Work has now begun replacing the pitch with a state-of-the-art hybrid of synthetic and real grass, installed at such stadiums as Manchester United’s Old Trafford; Liverpool FC’s Anfield and Wembley. Officials say it is “widely recognised as the best grass surface in the sporting world”.

Yesterday saw the erection of several marquees that will house the machines that “stitch” the millions of synthetic turf fibres into the ground.

This process is expected to take around two-and-a-half weeks.

After the One Direction concert takes place at the stadium on 3 June, the second phase of the replacement will begin with sowing of grass seed.

It is expected the pitch will be ready in time for the start of the 2014-15 season and will be capable of withstanding 40 games a season.