Following last week’s announcement that the Cardiff City Stadium pitch would be returfed, Cardiff City FC are pleased to confirm that the expected schedule has been met, with the new surface in place and ready for this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Rotherham United.
After the previous playing surface was stripped away on Tuesday 12th January, the new turf was laid in the following days, while quality control and final preparations were completed during the course of this week.
On Thursday (21/01), the Bluebirds' First Team squad then carried out their first training session on the new pitch, as City continued their preparation for their home match against the Millers on Saturday afternoon.
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Cardiff City’s Head of Stadium Operations, Wayne Nash, explained the process that the pitch has undergone since last Tuesday to ensure that it was fully prepared for this weekend’s match.
“We took the top fifteen millimetres of the old root soil away, and brought in some big roll turf, which we started laying on Tuesday 12th,” said Wayne. “We completed that on Saturday evening, and were listening to the win over Wolves as we finished it off!
“Generally we’ve been trying to tighten the soil down again and letting it settle since then. It’s a mixture of allowing a bit of rain get to it, and letting it bed down. We’ve also introduced rollers to firm the pitch up and make sure we get it as consistent as we possibly can for the game on Saturday.
“We introduced the players to the pitch for their training session on Thursday, to get a feel of it underfoot and make sure that they are completely comfortable with the surface ahead of the game.
“They were very happy with it, and we’re now looking forward to the match against Rotherham United on Saturday.”