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."
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