Whilst many prepare for New Year celebrations, the Gloucester Rugby ground staff have been hard at work on the Kingsholm pitch to ensure Saturday's Guinness Premiership fixture against Worcester (kick off 3pm) goes ahead as planned.
The pitch has been covered since the Heineken Cup victory over Glasgow Warriors on December 20th to protect it from the cold weather conditions experienced since that game.
However, the frost covers have been removed this morning (Thursday) to allow the pitch to be marked up and divoting etc to take place.
Once this work is completed, the pitch will be recovered to protect it ahead of Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby Operations Manager Sean Roberts told the club website today:
"The pitch is in remarkably good nick considering how long we've had to keep it covered recently."
"Once again though, our ground staff have done an outstanding job and we're confident that we'll have no issues for the weekend."
"Once the Worcester game has taken place, the pitch will be immediately covered once more as we have an A League game against Saracens on Monday night to stage."
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.