SPORTSFILE – In front of the field at Twickernham is a field of artificial turf.
This year it was created to protect the ground from the winter weather and to help make the pitch look even more comfortable to spectators.
It is part of a wider plan to make the ground as comfortable as possible for spectators to use in 2018.
But it is also a controversial issue.
The ground was set up in 2014 to reduce the amount of snowfall that falls on the pitch.
And in the summer of 2019, the pitch was set to be used by both sides of the game, and this year, a similar grass surface has been installed for both sides.
But is the artificial turf grass really needed?
And how is it going to affect the pitch?
We are going to have to be very careful here.
We are not looking to be the one who gets to decide whether it is better to have the artificial grass or the grass that is currently there.
That will be decided by the club.
What are the costs?
How much will it cost?
What are people concerned about?
Is it safe?
The artificial turf is made of synthetic materials and there is a risk of the artificial soil getting wet.
It could potentially cause problems for the players and fans.
But if the artificial surface is to be put up for 2018, it has to be placed in a way that minimises any risk.
The artificial surface will be tested by an independent expert.
How does it work?
The turf is planted with sand and water in a layer.
When the turf is placed on top of the soil, the water will flow out into the grass surface.
This will help to prevent any erosion.
The artificial surface also has a layer of porous grass called the artificial peat, which is porous at the bottom and then becomes firmer when wet.
This is important for the performance of the grass.
How long does it take to get the artificial field ready for games?
The grass will be laid down in two phases.
First, it is covered with artificial grass peat for about two months.
Then the artificial clay is placed and the grass is planted.
Once the grass has been planted, the grass will need to be covered again with artificial clay to keep it in good condition.
The first phase will take about six weeks.
Then, the artificial sand will be used to cover the artificial surfaces for a further six weeks before it is placed.
How much of this will be done?
The football team will pay for all of the equipment used.
What else are they paying for?
There will be no equipment that will be purchased or rented.
All of the players will be paid for all their wear and tear, and all the equipment will be kept in the stadium.
Are the games played at the ground in the autumn?
The weather in 2019 will not be ideal, and there will be some rain.
Will the pitch be used for football?
We will be using the artificial pitch for the football season and then it will be removed and replaced.
We will see how the grass plays in the fall.
Will the artificial pitches play in the winter?
The pitch will be moved out in the spring to ensure that the artificial playing surface is as comfortable and safe as possible.
Will it be used in summer?
The ground will be switched to artificial turf in the season after the football pitch is removed.
How will it be maintained?
There are two ways of keeping the grass in good health.
The first is by keeping the artificial terraces and playing surface in good shape.
The second is by using the grass as a source of heat for the artificial grounds.
How much money is going to be spent on the artificial fields?
The stadium is the only one of the three pitches that will have artificial turf installed.
So the overall cost of the project is estimated at about €100 million.
The football pitch will cost around €10 million, which will cover the cost of artificial grass, peat and a new artificial turf strip.
Will there be other pitches like this?
Yes, the stadium will be the only site where artificial turf will be installed.
The stadium is going in a different direction from the others because of the lack of a suitable pitch for football.