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There's a very large storage tank built under the pitch in the South and West Stand corner from memory. The drainage system must be designed to store a huge volume of water in the tank which must explain the pitch drainage being so good.
Attenuation Tank. Which is to "cache" the water run-off and feed it into the local drainage system over time so as to not overwhelm it.

It was interesting that from some cameras that some parts of the pitch looked poor, but then from another camera the same area looked perfectly ok.

As has been said up-thread, ours is one of the better pitches if you take a look at other games. All a product of last summer's lockdown it would appear.
 

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It was interesting that from some cameras that some parts of the pitch looked poor, but then from another camera the same area looked perfectly ok.
I am no pitch or gardening expert but is this at all due to the mixed nature of the pitch? The bare areas are where grass has gone and can't be planted again but still plays fine and looks ok from certain areas as its backed up by artificial turf.

When we had the very low temperatures a few weeks back some of the grassy areas looked longer than earlier in the season which would make sense as the heat lamps had been used to spark growth and you wouldn't want to cut it short while it's growing.
 

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As I understand it, the grass is only really there to maintain the "structure" of the mud - when the grass gets worn the artificial fibres take over that role more until the grass is able to recover.
From what I see at pitch level the surface looks a lot better than from the high camera angles that TV shows - it certainly seems to play true.
 

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As I understand it, the grass is only really there to maintain the "structure" of the mud - when the grass gets worn the artificial fibres take over that role more until the grass is able to recover.
From what I see at pitch level the surface looks a lot better than from the high camera angles that TV shows - it certainly seems to play true.
It's not 'mud' dear boy. It's soil. Other clubs use mud.
 

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From what I see at pitch level the surface looks a lot better than from the high camera angles that TV shows - it certainly seems to play true.
That was exactly my impression from the Derby match (lucky enough to have a seat in the front row that evening)
 

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Getting a bit bobbly now that spring's upon us. I can see why they had the sprinklers on early. Master stroke for Thomas to ask for the heavy roller during the interval. Turned the game. ;)
 

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So, new pitch in the summer, right? After that will we be getting a better surface or are we stuck with **** pitches as long as we take a few million from the egg chasers?
 

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We know it’s a duff pitch. We know why. It’s not because of the rugby. It’s because the grounds team didn’t get the chance to relay it as it was meant to be. It’s better than some of the pitches we’ve played on since Christmas.
 

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So, new pitch in the summer, right? After that will we be getting a better surface or are we stuck with **** pitches as long as we take a few million from the egg chasers?
Will reserve judgement until next season, we will have learnt some lessons, had a chance to relay (which was the plan) & hopefully a back to normal season scheduling wise.
 

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Leeds pitch getting a lot of stick on Beeb text commentary....
Recently relaid....
 

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Is it Covid related ?
I guess we'll know this time next season! I think it's a touch of covid, and the impact that's had on relaying pitches etc. We've seen this right across the country - LR certainly isn't the worst pitch but wouldn't be to the standard of GP yet. I also think it's our own schedule and more games being squeezed into a shorter timeframe, impacting recovery work/time.

The rugby schedule adds to an already tight agenda so that wouldn't help. Next season there is time to relay the pitch, covid will hopefully be less an issue and most importantly football and rugby will be able to plan their schedule around each other; likely as much as possible not using the pitch on the same weekend. Promotion would also significantly help as there will be very little or any midweek games during the winter.

When all that is in place we should have a much better surface; if we don't then.....
 

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I guess we'll know this time next season! I think it's a touch of covid, and the impact that's had on relaying pitches etc. We've seen this right across the country - LR certainly isn't the worst pitch but wouldn't be to the standard of GP yet. I also think it's our own schedule and more games being squeezed into a shorter timeframe, impacting recovery work/time.

The rugby schedule adds to an already tight agenda so that wouldn't help. Next season there is time to relay the pitch, covid will hopefully be less an issue and most importantly football and rugby will be able to plan their schedule around each other; likely as much as possible not using the pitch on the same weekend. Promotion would also significantly help as there will be very little or any midweek games during the winter.

When all that is in place we should have a much better surface; if we don't then.....
Its in it current state because it wasnt re-laid in the summer. Was never meant to be played on into the season.

Dont know why we are analysing it so much. Its actually better then a lot of pitches out there. Next season the new pitch will be up to standard.
 

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Its in it current state because it wasnt re-laid in the summer. Was never meant to be played on into the season.

Dont know why we are analysing it so much. Its actually better then a lot of pitches out there. Next season the new pitch will be up to standard.
That's the hope and there is no doubt a lot of clubs have struggled this season, with the quick turnaround from last season and the very intense schedule. If as many are saying LR's pitch is due to those issues then great news and next season despite it being a dual pitch; we'll have a near perfect, excellent surface, after it's been given two to three months during the summer to be relaid etc.

It isn't the worst this season far from it, but it didn't play particularly well yesterday as Norgaard alluded to in his post match interview; but we only have a few months left and it'll hopefully be sorted, in the way it's been predicted. Football and rugby will then have a great surface for each of their games.
 

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That's the hope and there is no doubt a lot of clubs have struggled this season, with the quick turnaround from last season and the very intense schedule. If as many are saying LR's pitch is due to those issues then great news and next season despite it being a dual pitch; we'll have a near perfect, excellent surface, after it's been given two to three months during the summer to be relaid etc.

It isn't the worst this season far from it, but it didn't play particularly well yesterday as Norgaard alluded to in his post match interview; but we only have a few months left and it'll hopefully be sorted, in the way it's been predicted. Football and rugby will then have a great surface for each of their games.
Cheeky git. Hes only had 2-3 games on it.
 

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A player close to the team and has first hand experience calls it a "sh*tty pitch"

Some fans on the GPG say its "playing fine"

I know who i will be listening too.
 

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I meant that he has the chance to hear other players opinions too. They may and may not believe the pitch is sh*tty too
Is this a player, or not a player? and how does he have "first hand experience" of the pitch if he's not a player?
 

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A player close to the team and has first hand experience calls it a "sh*tty pitch"

Some fans on the GPG say its "playing fine"

I know who i will be listening too.
Maybe there has been a bit of diplomacy up until now with it being a new stadium and that, but it just came out in Norgaard's interview 🙂. As I said earlier it isn't the worst pitch right now, but it doesn't hide the fact LR hasn't been playing well this season and has had issues. The fact a player has now alluded to that probably confirms what some have seen; but I understand the narrative on forums etc as it is a new stadium and someway cheeky to criticise a new place too early. However it's March tomorrow; less than 2 months left, for the club to relay and put work into it ahead of next season, as well as work with London Irish and their Premiership body on the schedule for next season.
 

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