WORK on relaying the Galpharm pitch – which Town hope will be hosting Championship football next season – is under way.
It’s an updated version of the original Desso Grassmaster surface used by both the football club and the Giants, and Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd managing director Gareth Davies says the £700,000-plus project will put it up with the best in the country.
An all-weather strip identical to that at Liverpool’s famous Anfield ground will also be laid alongside the pitch on the Direct Golf Stand side, providing a running surface which can be used all year round.
“The first Desso pitch, laid 15 years ago, was then at the forefront of technology,” explained Davies.
“But all forms of technology inevitably move on and now we are laying a surface which is right back at the forefront of pitch technology.
“The beauty of Desso Grassmaster is that it is essentially a natural grass pitch with plastic fibres interwoven into the surface to give it greater durability.
“In fact the pitch being laid is identical to that in place at 13 of the 20 Premier League grounds and also at Wembley Stadium.”
Davies added: “Both clubs have been consulted fully and the work will not affect the size of the pitch.
“Both (Town manager) Lee Clark and (Giants coach) Nathan Brown both requested that the pitch, one of the biggest in both the Football League and Super League, should not be changed.”
The work is being carried out by specialist company J Hewitt & Son Sportsturf Ltd and will take up to 10 weeks to complete.
The Giants are scheduled to play three ‘home’ matches at The Shay in Halifax while the Galpharm surface is out of action, starting against Castleford on June 4.
“We’re proud to be improving the stadium facility in this way and the new Desso pitch is just one of a number of improvements planned this summer,” added Davies.
“I look forward to updating fans on progress regarding the pitch and other works in the weeks to come.”