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Home / Latest News / Diggers move in at Cardiff Arms Park to prepare the ground for new artificial pitch

Diggers move in at Cardiff Arms Park to prepare the ground for new artificial pitch

Diggers have started ripping up the hallowed turf at Cardiff Arms Park in preparation for the rugby ground’s new artificial pitch.

Work to remove the turf started over the weekend, with Cardiff  Blues playing their first match  on the new surface against Sale Sharks on August 23 in the LV  Cup.

The Welsh region moved back to the city centre ground last  summer, having spent the previous three years playing at Cardiff City Stadium.

Supporters, however, have yet  to be given the opportunity to  buy the famous blades of grass  for their own gardens.

Removal of the pitch is part of  the deal with the contractors so the club is unable to sell any of  it off, according to the Arms  Park Twitter account.

The artificial carpet being installed is known FieldTurf and  meets the stringent requirements of International Rugby  Board (IRB) regulations.

It is designed to allow rainfall  to drain straight through the  system, meaning an end to sodden pitches.

Last season a number of fixtures were affected by poor  weather, notably the Boxing  Day derby against Newport-Gwent Dragons where the  playing surface resembled a  quagmire.

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