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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).