THE new South Stand is not the only area of development at Kingsholm this summer - the famous old turf has undergone major maintenance to get it in pristine condition for the new season.
A little under a fortnight ago, the top 12 millimetres of grass and top soil were removed to leave a totally brown surface that was treated by an earthquake machine to de-compact the ground and prepare it for re-seeding.
The ground was then over-sewn with 23 bags of top quality ryegrass seed and then top-dressed with 60 tonnes of soil and sand before being fertilised with 10, 20kg bags of pre-seed fertiliser.
Once all the preparation was completed, Kingsholm was prepared with a drag mat to level the work and then irrigated.
"The work was carried out by Simon Hutton of Fine Turf and they did a wonderful job in a very short space of time," said Gloucester's stadium manager Dave Balmer.
"Kingsholm stood up well last season but we are constantly trying to improve the surface and I am positive this will really help.
"With the type of game Gloucester want to play under Dean Ryan, we need a good surface and that is what we are creating. The grass has already started to re-grow at an incredible pace since the weekend and it will have its first cut later this week.
"I think the webcam has shown just exactly what goes into preparing a Premiership-standard surface and we will get it in top condition for the start of the season."
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.