Liberty Stadium Pitch Renovations Start
Wednesday 06 Jun 2012 [15:27]
Following another season of high praise for the quality of the playing surface here at The Liberty Stadium, our annual pitch renovations began today.
With 20million plastic fibres underpinning a seeded grass pitch, the renovations are a complicated and lengthy process. It starts with machinery being brought in to take the top layer of grass and sand off the pitch which can be seen in the photos below. This requires many trips up and down the pitch with specialist machinery to pull out the grass and sand, while leaving the plastic intact.
The debris is then scooped up and taken away as compost. What will be left on the pitch is just the plastic weave, which as its green means it looks like the pitch, but isn't. The next stage is to rake up the plastic fibres to get them stood upright, before tonnes of fresh, new sand is laid and spread on top. The final stage is to re-seed the pitch and water if needed. In theory a brand new, perfect pitch should be grown and ready for cutting within 3 to 4 weeks.
This process happens every year and ensures that our pitch continues to be one of the best in the league, whilst enduring the elements of two sports teams and vast array of weather conditions Swansea gets over the course of the season.
We will provide more photographs and information throughout the process, before showing the completed pitch later in the summer. You can always see the latest images via our webcam, accessible from the bottom of our home page. Just click on the icon.