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None. ?

I grew up playing on mud (at 't bottom of a lake). Why the question?
 

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Seemed fine to me.

I look back now to the horrible bobbly surface at GP for the cup game against them in 2012/13, at the time it was relatively normal for us to play on pitches like that!
 

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Yes I could see a Rugger line.
Couldn't see them at all.
They seem more visible on TV, although barely, the football lines are more prominent when I watch the rugby on TV.
 

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Looks like a newly laid carpet compared to some of the rubbish we have seen over the years.
Obviously with the weather about to change in the next few days we will see it in different conditions very soon so let's judge it then as well.
 

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Growing lamps are still in use throughout the week , I guess the nimbys aren't complaining as the flats are in the way now.
 

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Completely forgot rugby had been played on it, which says to me its a good surface. The moment you start to notice it is chewed up is the moment to start worrying about it.
 
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Growing lamps are still in use throughout the week , I guess the nimbys aren't complaining as the flats are in the way now.
Can't be good for the new flats though!
 

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Growing lamps are still in use throughout the week , I guess the nimbys aren't complaining as the flats are in the way now.
That will wait until the people move into the flats and get the full glare!
 

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Completely forgot rugby had been played on it, which says to me its a good surface. The moment you start to notice it is chewed up is the moment to start worrying about it.
I noticed the greened out Rugby markings more at the Norwich game than I have at other games this season.
 

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I noticed the greened out Rugby markings more at the Norwich game than I have at other games this season.
Same actually! Although I must say the surface itself looked fantastic. Will be a real test over winter, but I'm confident it will hold up
 
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I noticed the greened out Rugby markings more at the Norwich game than I have at other games this season.
They weren’t there at the start of the season. So no surprise really.
 

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I noticed the greened out Rugby markings more at the Norwich game than I have at other games this season.

Agree but once the game started it wasnt an issue.
 

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Seems to be holding up quite well at the moment, have to see what effect the winter has.
 

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Including pre season, BCS will host a minimum of 40 fixtures this season (24 football, 16 rugby).
14 have already been played (10 football, 4 rugby) with no obvious wear/damage to the pitch.
Difference this season is that more games have/will be played in Aug/Sept/Oct/April/May when
the pitch is driest and firm and less in the wetter winter months like last season.
Worth noting in the 9 weeks of Nov and Dec there are only 3 rugger matches, all nicely spaced out.
Crunch time for the pitch will be Jan and early Feb with 3 rugby, 2 football and 2 potential
FA Cup home ties, and fixtures on 2nd and 3rd Jan. Let's hope for a dry start to 2022 !
 
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What about now? Any experts out there?
 

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What about now? Any experts out there?
I’m not an expert, but I have never watched a game as low down as row 2 until yesterday, and I was amazed how often the ball bobbled as it was passed back to David. To the point where I was genuinely worried an air shot would happen. I was right behind the net.
 

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What about now? Any experts out there?
The biggest issue last year was the drainage in the South West corner. Do we know if anything was done about the tank below the pitch to address that or have we just been lucky with less rainfall?
 
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The biggest issue last year was the drainage in the South West corner. Do we know if anything was done about the tank below the pitch to address that or have we just been lucky with less rainfall?
That's just an attenuation tank that caches rainwater before releasing it into the local sewers at a lower rate so that they don't get overwhelmed.
 

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The pitch looked excellent viewed from the top of E113 for Southampton. Something else to get used to at BCS, the idea that a full calendar of football and rugby won’t leave the surface knackered this late in the season.
 

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I think the big question is how will it look after we've hosted the Metropolitan Police Horse of the Year show which is scheduled for 17:45 Sunday 22 May...
 

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I think the big question is how will it look after we've hosted the Metropolitan Police Horse of the Year show which is scheduled for 17:45 Sunday 22 May...
They can hold rally cross on it and plant potatoes in the tyre tracks for all I care, as long as it’s tip-top for pre-season.
 

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As long as someone is there to remind the groundsman “Green side up” when they re-turf all we be good.
 

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The ground staff deserve a lot of credit for the way the pitch has played this season , must admit I was a bit sceptical at the presentation when we all bought our ST when they assured us the pitch would be fine !! Last season it definitely looked a bit ropey at times but we’ll done all involved it’s looked great all season and the Rugby markings are barely visible .
 

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The ground staff deserve a lot of credit for the way the pitch has played this season , must admit I was a bit sceptical at the presentation when we all bought our ST when they assured us the pitch would be fine !! Last season it definitely looked a bit ropey at times but we’ll done all involved it’s looked great all season and the Rugby markings are barely visible .
As an old boss of mine frequently used to say, "I'm not going to congratulate you for doing your job".
 

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It got of to a bad start and most people feared for the worst, But a great job has been done by the ground staff, It looks perfectly fine to me now, Certainly a lot better than Leeds the other night on TV where the rugby lines were clearly visible and looked as prominent as the football lines, They deserved to go down for that offence alone. :D
 

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Wont be so good after the Leeds game once the Police Horses have been over it..........
 

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Looks like substantial* work started this week. Presumably squeezing it in before the Euro matches

*I'm basing this wild assumption on the large piles of earth of the car park and seeing a section of the playing surface looking roughed up. Not a pitch expert
 

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Started being dug up yesterday in preparation for the Women's Euros I heard.
 
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