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.