Ibrox Pitch progress?

Brian Laudrup

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The artificial only actually accounts for about 8% of the coverage, it jusst looks more from the distance. the seed will grow around it and it all interconnects. the artificial gives stability to the playing surface. it's not for aesthetic reasons but to help the pitch not cut up as easily.
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Geerfc19

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The artificial only actually accounts for about 8% of the coverage, it jusst looks more from the distance. the seed will grow around it and it all interconnects. the artificial gives stability to the playing surface. it's not for aesthetic reasons but to help the pitch not cut up as easily.
8% is a little more than the 5% that I've read about. Is that due to the climate here?
 

HumpZ

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8% is a little more than the 5% that I've read about. Is that due to the climate here?

Nothing climate related. Most common is 5% across the whole pitch with some areas around the 8% mark. it can vary. Sometimes the heavy play areas are giving between 5% and 8%.
 

whitbyontbear

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I am old but. maybe one of you young lads couldlet me know what is wrong with oldfashioned grass. The stuff we grew up playing on when we had great big cork studs and sliding tackles were de rigeur.
 

Baba Booey

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I know it was said that the Auchenhowie pitches (or at least one of them anyway) were also getting work done. Are those also going to be SISgrass? I'm not sure we had the same problems there as we did at Ibrox, but maybe for consistency? Just wondering.
 

HumpZ

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I know it was said that the Auchenhowie pitches (or at least one of them anyway) were also getting work done. Are those also going to be SISgrass? I'm not sure we had the same problems there as we did at Ibrox, but maybe for consistency? Just wondering.

We already have a Hybrid at the training ground, it was installed 2 years ago and it's the main pitch the players use. The goalkeeper area is also hybrid.

Pro Pitch 1 as it's called is maintained to the same standard as Ibrox to ensure the best possible match.

Every pitch at the training ground is reseeded every year (common practice).
 

Artful Dodger

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What is the plan for the future when this has been laid?Will it need to be renewed every season still?Im curious what the future renovation of the pitch will be every season.
 

HumpZ

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What is the plan for the future when this has been laid?Will it need to be renewed every season still?Im curious what the future renovation of the pitch will be every season.

The top layer of the pitch will always be removed every season and re-seeded, a machine is used to ensure the stitching (Artificial) remains in place.

The pitch on a daily basis will get similiar work carried out as before. We should also have new lights soon which will help us with our coverage.
 

adastra

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@HumZ, thank you for all the expert updates and briefs. I’m sure many on here find this fascinating and would literally enjoy sitting at Ibrox to watch the grass grow.

from that brief on St George’s, it will be interesting to measure if the HT divot replacement work by the ground staff is much reduced with this system.
 

A1bertz

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The pitch is nearly at the end. The stitching is getting closer and we will have 5 weeks before the Arsenal game to get things established. Not ideal but we will see how it goes!

The camber will not be as severe as before, The end project ended up being everything that was required right back to the original base from 20 years ago. Estimated to about 2.2 ft removed.

It will help us going forward especially drainage wise. Lot's of things still to be implemented which will help massively and looking forward to seeing it all come together.

Pretty much on schedule :)
Re: The camber. I've never thought of that before at Ibrox. I recall standing pitch side at Manchester City's ground and the camber was pretty noticeable.
I remember the tour guide saying it was conducive to good football.

So what's the story at Ibrox? We already have a significant camber but will reduce it?
What's the thoughts / need for that in regards to this new surface?
 

GersGalGG

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The artificial only actually accounts for about 8% of the coverage, it jusst looks more from the distance. the seed will grow around it and it all interconnects. the artificial gives stability to the playing surface. it's not for aesthetic reasons but to help the pitch not cut up as easily.
Is this the same type of hybrid system City have in place?
 

Aww Skew

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We already have a Hybrid at the training ground, it was installed 2 years ago and it's the main pitch the players use. The goalkeeper area is also hybrid.

Pro Pitch 1 as it's called is maintained to the same standard as Ibrox to ensure the best possible match.

Every pitch at the training ground is reseeded every year (common practice).

When you say same standard I presume you mean same dimensions, camber, length of grass and firmness?

If so, how hard is it to replicate given they train on it every day
 

George Goudie

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Thanks for the details and images.

Great to see our five star elite stadium getting the loving treatment it so deserves.

Love the slopes of Ibrox.
 

HumpZ

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When you say same standard I presume you mean same dimensions, camber, length of grass and firmness?

If so, how hard is it to replicate given they train on it every day

The camber isn't replicated but the grass type, seed, fertiliser, direction of cuts etc are kept the same as best as possible.

They don't always train on it though, it depends son what firmness the coaching staff are looking for on a daily basis. Some players returning from injuring will go to different pitches.

The firmness levels are checked daily.
 

GersGalGG

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Similiar Idea but city have went for the full package including the Sub Air system. I don't believe SIS are doing cities sso will be slightly different
Thanks done the tour at City and they were telling us about the hybrid pitch they had and how it works, was interesting
 

Valley Bluenose

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That’s at the chamber of secrets
Really? I’d never have guessed that mate.;):)

The photo was posted in response to someone questioning the use of hybrid pitches and asking ‘what’s wrong with playing on grass like we used to’. The problem in those days was that grass didn’t stay grass for very long.:))
 
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