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    Grass V Plastic pitches



    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Guest on Tue May 17, 2016 8:23 pm

    Crikey didn't know they needed renewing so often if the base isn't right - bit of a game changer potentially, what if Sutton's base turns out to be inadequate too a few years down the line? Thought Maidstone's looked awful earlier this season under floodlights.

    (notable both Maidstone and Sutton using them got promoted from the Southern)


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    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Surplus on Tue May 17, 2016 9:28 pm

    Was their promotion linked to having an artificial pitch? I'm thinking continuity of games throughout the season and also training on a quality surface with additional revenue streams pumped back into the clubs attracting higher quality players through enhanced wages or were they just lucky?

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    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by rangerider on Wed May 18, 2016 3:44 pm

    Heard some news today from a reliable source make of it what you will

    1) 3g pitch will be going down partly founded by Leeds United who's under 21 team will be using it next season

    2)new stand like the kop will be erected behind the goal the 1919 and dressing rooms to be demolished

    interesting times ahead

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    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Chips97 on Wed May 18, 2016 4:11 pm

    Point 2 would just about make up for the 3G pitch!

    We're gonna have a great stadium! We are a football TOWN!!


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    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Surplus on Thu May 19, 2016 1:13 am

    A brand new state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) is set to be installed at The CNG Stadium. This is in addition to a development at St John Fisher Catholic High School, where a separate 3G pitch will be constructed with the clubs’ backing.

    These developments signal a significant boost to football facilities in Harrogate and District. Both facilities will serve the local community as well as providing the football club additional capacity to grow. Managing Director Garry Plant commented “This is a monumental day, both for the football club and the local community. The development at St John Fisher will allow the club to play a much bigger part in the community, with a usage plan developed in conjunction with The Football Foundation and West Riding County FA we can ensure this state-of-the-art facility will be accessible for everyone in the area. Outside of school hours, the 3G will be managed entirely by ourselves, and will be available for hire by the public as early as this September”.
    An equally significant development for the club is the transformation of the playing surface at The CNG stadium. The new pitch will have the look and feel of grass but crucially, will be able to withstand extensive use in all weather. Manager Simon Weaver believes the new surface will provide excellent playing characteristics in terms of ball bounce and ball roll, with turf tested to FIFA’s 2 Star standard. Weaver commented: “As a manager, this development is incredibly exciting. The CNG Stadium has really become a fortress for us, and now the playing surface will help us give the fans more of the dynamic, fast-paced football they've grown accustomed to. It also means we can regularly train at the ground, which will give give us a real edge going into the new season”.


    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2016 10:15 am

    Wonder how many matches/availability will be like for playing matches at the stadium as opposed to at the school.

    Think it is key that as much exposure to general public is given to playing at the ground – as I have said Maidstone have gained a lot from this from a fanbase perspective. This reach will get lost in the context of playing a mile away at a school. I hope the ground pitch if sacrificed for this stuff is not lost in a sea of Leeds U21, that US academy stuff and elite football ie it’s going to be for everyone – especially as the bar/a new bar could be open in the evenings etc to carry on taking cash.

    Think there is a gamble from a playing side and from us as purists of the game – its probably more in keeping with the razzmatazz of professional football – time will tell. Simon seems confident in it and our home record was at times in contrast with our away form. The players already training on it in S.Yorks is obviously positive. Wonder how many teams will fancy playing a friendly on it at ours…….Leeds at home again would be great. In fact what about getting fatty Lawn and his City mob over as well!

    PS I wonder if we will get a chance to give the 1919 a send off if rangeriders HP is correct?

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    Re: Grass V Plastic pitches

    Post by Mike of Wetherby on Thu May 19, 2016 5:30 pm

    I suppose this will make us the biggest team in the North of England with a 3G pitch for first team football. Sure to attract a lot of interest from other clubs so maybe seminars can be arranged as happens at Maidstone.

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