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."
James Hook was delighted with the Cherry and Whites' overall performance on Saturday afternoon, but was quick to praise the effort in the first half in putting the game in their control, as Harlequins were dismissed 28-6 at Kingsholm.
Speaking immediately after the 28-6 victory over Harlequins on Saturday, Tom Savage praised his team mates for building on their fast start. The second row admitted there's still lots of work to do for Gloucester but that the side are heading in the right direction.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of his delight in securing a 28-6 win over Harlequins at Kingsholm. He hailed the home side's defence which they were quick to turn into attack.
Speaking to the local media, Bill Meakes this week explained how he was relishing the challenge against Harlequins at Kingsholm, and that he is enjoying the opportunity to develop his game time, and repaying the faith from the Cherry and White coaches
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.