When the Wakefield Wildcats faithful walk through the doors at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday one thing that will hit them is the vibrant pitch that has been restored into top condition.
A significant investment was set aside to bring the pitch back up to its usual high standard with the work been carried out after the Easter period.
Often described as one of the best tracks around, head groundsman Steve Dutton has to take a lot of credit and is delighted with the outcome.
“The pitch is so much better than what it was a month ago,” he said.
“It still has a lot of improvement in it and I would hope to say in around a month’s time the grass will be looking its best.”
With the lack of home games recently, Dutton picked out this gap to give the track a facelift and as he explains, they had to do a lot of work in a short space of time.
“The whole job only took two days at Easter time. We cut the grass really short and laid 85 tonnes of sand on the top, drained it before spreading with a brush and tractor. Following that we re-seeded it to help the drainage.
“When we did it the seeds started coming through really quickly and we can thank the weather for that. All of the rain we had around that time was very important to help the pitch,” he added.
One of the main reasons to bring the pitch back up to standard was to help head coach Richard Agar and his men play free-flowing rugby, as Chief Executive James Elston explains.
“A key to the decision in improving the surface was to help our team on a match day. Anything we can do to help the first team we will and an improved pitch is certainly a benefactor.
“We also felt the work needed to be carried out in order to allow more junior events to take place on the pitch. We had to cancel a junior rugby tournament because of the state of the field so we have invested substantially to make sure occurrences like that do not happen again.”
Elston was also quick to praise the work done by Dutton, commenting: “We have a top groundsman and I think you will agree he has done a fantastic job in restoring the pitch which is a continuation of our ground improvements we have been undertaking.”
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