Turf's Up for MCG

30 September 2014

Following the Hawks’ big AFL grand final win on the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch (MCG), bulldozers moved in to the field on September 29th to rip up the entire surface ahead of a huge redevelopment.

The turf replacement project is said to be worth a significant $1.7 million and is the most extensive replacement the ground has seen since the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The replacement totals a substantial 20,000 square metres, equal to 150 trailer loads of turf.

In preparation for the summer season of sport on the MCG this year, ten portable cricket pitches will be installed on the ground, covering most of the centre square. Each pitch, weighing 34 tonnes, has been growing at Yarra Park over the last six months in preparation for this redevelopment. The portable pitch technology allows for more mature grass and root systems to develop, providing a better surface for both football and cricket. This new technology ensures the pitch is untouched by sand and is unaffected during football season.

Due to the process and speed of the replacement, the turf will not be in a reusable conditional. Despite this, the material of the turf will be recycled and used as a topsoil product.

The replacement is vital in ensuring the surface is at a world standard leading into this year’s cricket season. The benefits of the new turf will be long term and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by both cricket and AFL players. It will also open up the venue to a more diverse range of events including the State of Origin Rugby League match in June, 2015.

The ground is predicted to be ready on October 31 when the MCG hosts the domestic cricket's Sheffield Shield opener between Victoria and New South Wales.

To view the full story, visit: smh.com.au

To read more on the portable pitches, visit: mcg.org.au

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