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."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.
Having defeated Connacht Rugby in dramatic fashion in the first play-off for the final spot in the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup, Gloucester Rugby can confirm ticketing details for next Sunday's game against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways.
Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and move on to next weekend's European Champions Cup final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles after a dramatic extra time win over a valiant Connacht side.