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.
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