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."
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.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).