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Day 1 - Tuesday 8 May - Removing the turf
The old pitch goes.
Day 2 - Wednesday 9 May - Turf goes and GPS is prepared.
An estimated 200 tons of soil and grass clippings need to be removed from site.
Day 3 - Thursday 10 May - Levelling the surface
All day was spent bulldozing the soil to start creating the required profile of the new pitch.
Day 7 - Monday 14 May - Work starts on the new drainage system
The new drainage system is started whilst creating the new profile of the pitch continues.
Day 8 - Tuesday 15 May - 150mm drainage pipe installation
Laying the main drainage pipe begins.
Day 9 - Wednesday 16 May - Work starts on installing the lateral drains
Having completed the installation of the main drainage pipe, collars were installed ready to be connected to the lateral drains. ...
Day 10 - Thursday 17 May - A detailed look at the drainpipe layer
A detailed look at a piece of specialist equipment.
Day 12 - Saturday 19 May - Lateral drains completed. Moving sand starts
Lateral drains completed. Laying sand started.
Day 14 - Monday 21 May - Moving more sand onto the pitch area
Moving sand from the car parks onto the pitch area.
Day 15 - Tuesday 22 May - Spreading first layer of sand
Spreading the sand starts.
Day 16 - Wednesday 23 May - Sand spreading continues
The pitch area is covered with the first layer of sand.
Day 17 - Thursday 24 May - Installing longitudinal connecting drains
Having completely covered the whole pitch area with sand the next step is to cut narrow trenches approximately 150mm deep ...
Day 18 - Friday 25 May - The final stages of preparation
Following heavy overnight rain the surface of the working areas have become quite muddy.
Day 24 Thursday 31 May - Laying the mat
We re-join the action following the Bank Holiday weekend.
Day 25 - Friday 1 June - Extending the mat across the pitch.
It's Friday and work continues to lay the mat across the pitch. But images can be deceptive.
Day 26 - Saturday 2 June - Starting the sand layer
Although the mat doesn't yet cover the full width of the pitch it's time to start adding the sand.
Day 28 - Monday 4 June - More sand is applied
The mat has now been laid across the whole pitch and a first layer of sand applied.
Day 32 - Friday 8 June - The final push - Seed sowing
It's taken 32 days to get to the final stage of fertilizing and sewing the grass seed.
Day 39 - Friday 15 June - 1 week after seed sowing
The pitch begins to look green. But it's mainly fibres that can be seen.
Day 53 - Friday 29 June - Weather is a factor
3 weeks after sowing the seed.
Day 60 - Friday 6 July - Preparing the walkways
Work begins to tarmac the walkways.
Day 78 - Tuesday 24 July - Erecting the posts and marking out the pitch
Erecting the posts After 11 weeks of preparing the base, laying the mat, sowing the seeds, watering and feeding the new ...
Thursday 23 August - Day 108 - Match Day
Final preparations are made to the pitch and its surroundings on Match Day