Cardiff City FC can confirm that the pitch at Cardiff City Stadium is in the process of being re-laid, in time for the Bluebirds’ next Sky Bet Championship home match against Rotherham United on 23rd January, 2016.
Following discussions within the Club, the procedure at Cardiff City Stadium began today (12/01), as the playing surface was stripped away, prior to the replacement turf being laid in the coming days.
This morning, Cardiff City Player HD spoke exclusively to Head of Stadium Operations, Wayne Nash, who first explained the process leading up to the decision to returf the pitch.
“We had a cycle of deterioration that led to us having to make a decision about the returf, working with Ken [Choo] and Russell [Slade], in what’s best for the team,” began Wayne.
“We took a window of opportunity with the weather for us to resurface and that’s what you can see being undertaken at the stadium today.”
Wayne went on to detail the procedure that has been put in place for the remainder of the 2015/16 season and beyond, so as to maintain a quality surface at Cardiff City Stadium, adding: “We’ll strip it out and then resurface this week. It will be ready on Saturday or Sunday.
“We’ll let it settle down for a couple of days, before letting the boys have a run on it at the end of next week. It will then be ready for the match against Rotherham United.
“That will stay in with us until the end of the season, when we’ll strip it out again and get back to the sand base. After the concert series that we have in June 2016, we'll reseed it down ready for next year's season.”
Watch the video below for more on the pitch returf, including a time-lapse of today's work! An extended version is available to view on Cardiff City Player HD.