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.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.