Bath Rugby vs Gloucester Rugby falls foul of the weather once again
3 February 2019
The Premiership Rugby Cup tie between Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby, rearranged for Sunday afternoon, has been postponed. It will now take place on Monday 4 February, kick off 7:30pm.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but heavy snow at the Rec forced a postponement until Sunday. Now, freezing conditions overnight have resulted in a second postponement.
A statement from Bath Rugby on Sunday morning reads as follows:
We are very sorry to report that our fixture against Gloucester Rugby will now be played tomorrow evening with a new kick-off time of 19:30.
“The rescheduling of matches is not something we take lightly as a Club and we are very sorry for the disappointment we know this will have caused. We understand that some of you will have travelled hundreds of miles to see us play on home turf. We know that birthdays and special occasions were due to be celebrated and we are very sorry that we’ve been unable to make this game happen during the same weekend,” commented Tarquin McDonald, Bath Rugby’s Chief Executive.
The stands, ground and the majority of routes in and out of the stadium have all been cleared of snow and ice. However, temperatures yesterday were lower than forecast, plummeting to as low as -7 overnight. This impacted the thaw of the snow on the pitch, and importantly it also meant that the heated dome installed and operated by Sports Stadia Services became ineffective overnight.
Nigel Felton, Sports Stadia Services:
“The Rec is unique when it comes to pitch management. The natural turf means the pitch has less durability, its proximity to the River Avon means the water table is high and the constrained nature of the site means that there is only one point of entry for vehicle movements. This coupled with over 500 tonnes of snow covering the pitch and freezing temperatures has meant that we’ve have been unable to get the playing surface match ready without causing substantial and long-lasting harm to the playing surface.”
All tickets purchased for this game are still valid for the rescheduled fixture.
What to do if you are unable to attend the game
The match has been rescheduled due to severe weather conditions outside of the Club’s control, however, we appreciate that a Monday evening game is distinctly different to a weekend fixture and with this in mind we will be offering the following;
Season Ticket Holder
You can apply for a credit to your account. Details on how to do this will be communicated directly to you within the next seven days.
Match Ticket Purchasers
We would like to offer all those with a valid match ticket for this fixture a free voucher to attend one of the Premiership Rugby Cup group stage games, due to take place in September and early October, next season as a gesture of thanks.
You will need to return your match ticket via post or in person to the ticket office on or after Monday 11th February. We will then exchange it for a voucher which is valid for the group stages of the Premiership Rugby Cup next season.
If you have any questions our ticket office is open from 11:30 – 17:00 today, please pop in or call us on 0844 444 1865.