Gloucester Rugby's Operations Manager Sean Roberts provided the club website with the latest information with regard to the state of the Kingsholm pitch ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup against Biarritz Olympique (kick off 3pm).
The stadium has been a hive of activity over the past three days as it's been all hands to the pumps according to Sean:
"It's been a fantastic effort. Dave Balmer and his ground staff, the Community department, a number of volunteers and even people from the office have all been pitching in."
"We got all the snow off the covers throughout Monday onto the sides of the pitch and then shifted it using wheelbarrows into the car park. On Tuesday, the remaining snow around the sides of the pitch was removed in the same way."
"On Tuesday night, the whole county saw snow and Kingsholm didn't dodge that particular bullet. We had a good couple of inches on the pitch on Wednesday morning."
"However, temperatures stayed reasonably high and the pitch is in good nick under the covers. All that snow has now been moved as well."
"We've now removed the frost sheets and the team from Sports and Stadia Services are now on site to install the heated covers."
"They should be done in the next couple of hours in good time for the anticipated drop in temperatures this evening."
"With warmer weather and rain on the way towards the end of the week, we're confident that the pitch will be ready for Saturday and our attention will now turn towards the concourse and car parks and making sure that the stadium is fit for purpose."
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan was delighted to introduce ADEY Professional Heating Solutions as the club's new main sponsor this week. He spoke to the club website about the exciting new partnership.
Although understandably disappointed following the 40-39 defeat at Exeter, Freddie Burns thought that both teams fully contributed to a great spectacle but that a couple of refereeing decisions were key to the outcome.
Gloucester's final game of the season ended in a narrow defeat in a pulsating encounter at the Exeter Chiefs. The Cherry and Whites went down 40-39, as Gareth Steenson's dramatic late penalty meant that the end of Director of Rugby Nigel Davies' first season in charge ended in defeat. Davies spoke to the official website in the Devon sunshine.
Dave Lewis was in a tough situation on Saturday afternoon - playing for Gloucester against the side he will join next season, Exeter Chiefs. At the final whistle though, Lewis was simply disappointed to have lost the game.
Tongan second row Lua Lokotui is looking forward to catching up with some old acquaintances at Sandy Park when Gloucester take on Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, as he and his team mates hope to finish the season on a high note.
During a break from training ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Exeter, centre Henry Trinder hopes that Gloucester build on the momentum from the recent win over Saracens, and expressed frustration that he's hitting form as the season end approaches after missing time due to injury.
Gloucester Rugby may have already clinched their Heineken Cup spot for 2013-14, but Director of Rugby Nigel Davies stressed this week that it's important for Gloucester to finish their season on a positive note at Exeter on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan spoke to the Official Site this afternoon after he revealed the great news that Kingsholm Stadium was to play host to 4 pool matches of the Rugby World Cup 2015. He spoke of how much it means to the club as a whole and that all the hard work put in with Gloucester's bid had been rewarded.
On an exciting day for both Gloucester Rugby and the City, the Cherry and Whites' own World Cup Winner Jimmy Cowan spoke to the Official Site expressing his delight that Kingsholm had been chosen as a Host City and Venue for the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Gloucester Rugby fan Zoe Harrison is as big a fan of McFly as she is of the Cherry and Whites. She went to see the band, who perform at Kingsholm on June 13th, in Bristol last week and kindly wrote us a review of the gig.