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State of the Pitch

 
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Would you like a new pitch put in at the end of the season?
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Yes
65%
 65%  [ 17 ]
No
34%
 34%  [ 9 ]
Total Votes : 26

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: State of the Pitch Reply with quote

Surely a new one needed for next season, even if it means less players to come in.

Could we get a sponsor for the pitch as well as the stadium?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Mole Valley Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not an expert on turf and even less on sports fields, but doesn't it take time for grass roots to grow and knit-in with their growing medium?

Surely, if the turf was changed each year, the roots wouldn't have time to bind properly and we would be faced with the same problem year-in, year-out? Although it's not brilliant this season, its a hell of a lot better than last season - maybe because its had time to get longer roots?

The answer would be to use a top quality very expensive style turf as used by the top Premier League clubs, but that wouldn't happen in a million years due to the extreme cost.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drainage!! It doesn't matter how good the pitch is if you don't get the drainage right you are throwing money away.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps any groundmen out there could add their ten pennyworth to the discussion.

I don't know, but a good domestic lawn needs plenty of care, so a pitch would need comparativly more.

Good job we have the groundsstaff we have.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chrism wrote:
Drainage!! It doesn't matter how good the pitch is if you don't get the drainage right you are throwing money away.


Where will the pitch drain to. Once it is waterlogged that's it where can it go.

The stream at the side of the club would not help.

If you have any doubts look at what happens at Three Bridges, cars trapped under the railway bridge, water pouring from land being built on, etc etc.

The suggested new runway is a bigger joke by the minute. The council are going to build on land that can't drain other than to the River Mole which is one of the most flooded ones in the area.

Bring back large flying boats that's what I say.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonyt wrote:
chrism wrote:
Drainage!! It doesn't matter how good the pitch is if you don't get the drainage right you are throwing money away.


Where will the pitch drain to. Once it is waterlogged that's it where can it go.

The stream at the side of the club would not help.


That's exactly where it drains to. The issues arise, I was once advised, when the stream is higher than the drainage outlet pipe.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:12 pm    Post subject: Here's the answer to our pitch problems....... Reply with quote

......courtesy of the Emirates Stadium - shouldn't cost much!!

http://www.abb.co.uk/cawp/seit.....cfae1.aspx
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Emirates Stadium gets hi-tech pitch with help from ABB

ABB supplied a variable speed drive that helps Arsenal Football Club play in all weathers, while ensuring harmonics do not affect TV cameras covering the game.
An ABB industrial drive, supplied by ABB Drives Alliance partner Central Electrical, feeds an ABB motor used to power a fan that provides air to an under-pitch aeration system that promotes healthy turf and helps drain the soil.

The high-tech pitch at the new Arsenal Emirates Stadium was designed and built by John Hewitt of Hewitt Sportsturf Ltd, with heating, mechanical and electrical equipment provided by Arthur Pollard Ltd.

“Emirates Stadium will create a very different environment to Highbury," says John Hewitt. “Paul Burgess, the Head Groundsman, and I worked together with the architects in the early stages to make sure they understood what grass needs to grow well. Because it is a completely new build, we can incorporate all the latest technology, which will help maintain the pitch in tip-top condition.”

The pitch at the club’s new Emirates Stadium is a hi-tech design with special and unique features provided by the Hewitt Sportsturf design in conjunction with heating and pipework specialists Arthur Pollard Ltd promote healthy turf and help to drain the soil.

Below the turf, the root system is made up of sand and various grades of gravel to form a permeable bed. The air pipe-work is situated in this gravel bed, above a wet heating system.

The air system can work in two directions. In the forward direction, it provides aeration through the gravel bed and through the root zone. Reversing the air system can provide drainage from the root zone down to pull moisture away from the surface.

The air system is powered by an extremely large fan in the plant room, which is fitted with a large ABB motor and a 160 kW ABB low harmonic drive. Low harmonics were essential to prevent interference with TV cameras and possible disruption of coverage of the games.

The plant room incorporates a micro-processor control panel. This communicates with the ABB drive, monitoring the air movement at ground level and adjusting it according to pre-set variables or the groundsman’s requirements. When no air is required, the ABB drive powers down the system to save energy.

As well as the drive and motor, ABB also supplied four packaged substations for the stadium, each complete with two 2000kVA cast resin transformers, 11kV ring main units and main low voltage switchboards, with a designed total load of 16,000 kVA.

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