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Pitch Renovation Update: 12th June 2015

12 June 2015

The pitch renovation on the Selhurst Park pitch continues as the club continue develop the playing surface in preparation for the start of the new 2015/16 season. 

The Eagles are installing a Desso Grass Master pitch at the stadium for the 2015-16 season. The old pitch has been removed, but will not be wasted as it is set to be reused at the club's training ground, and preparations are being made to 'stitch in' the new surface.

Head Groundsman, Gareth Read, has revealed that all has gone well so far, but it is still set to be a lengthy process, just by the nature of the surface the club are installing.

"It's gone well so far, the weather's helped. We've had sprinklers on it to keep it as wet as we can, the wetter the profile the easier it is to work on and walk in, we can make it more compact. The commencement of the works have all got under way really well. 

"We've had the old profile of the pitch removed, about 160mm has been taken out and that's going to the training ground to be reused and mixed in there. We've added about 1000 tonnes of lower root zone onto the pitch and then another 1200 tonnes of upper root zone to get the final level. We reseed next week and then Desso will be stitching in on the 22nd of this month."

Gareth then explained the process Desso undertake to stitch the pitch in, saying: "It's basically needles. It'll take about two weeks to do it. it's a very slow process, you have to hand stitch into the surface.

"It's basically a needle that goes into the profile of the pitch, goes down about 300mm, the needle goes in, comes back out and you stitch the artificial surface in."

We will keep you updated on how the works progress over the next few weeks right here on the official website. 

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