In order to get Kingsholm ready for the Heineken Cup fixture at home to Biarritz Olympique on Saturday, a hard week of graft awaits the Gloucester Rugby ground staff.
The pitch was last used for the Guinness Premiership game at home to Worcester Warriors on January 2nd and was immediately recovered given the freezing temperatures at the time.
Unfortunately, the pitch had lost much of its heat during that game and the A League fixture the following Monday was called off.
Then came the snow last week, as can been seen from our picture above, which still lies on top of the frost covers.
However, according to Operations Manager Sean Roberts, a week long plan of action comes into play this morning.
"Temperatures are rising as the week goes ahead and the pitch is actually insulated by the snow lying on top of it. Now we need to move that snow to allow the next stage of work to proceed."
"We have some equipment arriving this morning to help us brush the snow off the pitch and then we'll manually shift it away from the playing arena."
"Tomorrow (Tuesday), we have the heated covers supplied by Sports & Stadia Services coming in. This incorporates hot air blowers so we can get some hot air circulating under the covers and maintain the temperature of the pitch."
"We also have to focus on the areas other than the pitch. We have to ensure the terraces and walkways are also safe to enable us to get a safety certificate for the game."
"We have a lot of work ahead of us but we have a good team here behind the scenes and we'll be pulling out all the stops to get the stadium fit for purpose on Saturday."
Please keep visiting www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk for the latest updates regarding Saturday's fixture.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.