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Griffin Park Pitch Update

20 August 2015

New Motz pitch to be laid early next week

Work on the Griffin Park pitch is continuing with a new Motz pitch due to be laid early next week in time for The Bees Sky Bet Championship fixture with Reading on Saturday 29 August. The Club believe the action is the best way to ensure it is at the right standard for the rest of the 2015/16 season.

The existing surface at Griffin Park has been removed and the Club are in the process of finishing work to the under-soil and making the drainage system compatible, in preparation for the new pitch to be laid.

Operations manager Alan Walsh said: “From start to finish this pitch project should take nine days and I am pleased to say that we are currently ahead of schedule. We have removed the top layer of the pitch and are currently re-grading the levels and preparing with a rootzone carpet layer ensuring the levels are correct. The new surface that we are going to use is Motz turf. We could have re-turfed the pitch with a conventional turf pitch but that runs the risk of needing to be relayed later on in the season subject to weather or wear and tear. Motz turf is much more durable than a normal turf surface and should give the stability and performance required for the rest of the season.

Motz turf pitches are common in heavily used stadiums across the world and have been used at Venues for the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2003 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. They combine natural grass with artificial fibres to improve durability and prevent damage from wear and tear.

“The turf is planned to be laid over a 3 day period from Monday through to Wednesday of next week. We hope that the first-team will be able to have a training session on the pitch on Friday afternoon ahead of the Reading match as Motz turf is usually match-ready 24 hours after it is laid. The contractors are working 14 to 18 hours a day including this weekend, to get the pitch ready for the Reading match. Some fans may see small join lines where the rolls of turf meet at the Reading game but they should not cause performance issues and they should be gone by the time Preston North End visit in September.”

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