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Pitch work commences

31 May 2013

Unitedites shouldn't be concerned by this picture of the Bramall Lane playing surface, because vital maintenance work and improvements to the drainage system are continuing to take place during the summer months.

The top layer of the pitch has already been removed to allow sand bands to be inserted, which was necessary to upgrade the drainage system currently in place.

All grass has been removed from the surface and after seeding took place on Wednesday, fertilisation will commence over the weekend and by the end of next week progress will be noticeable.

Head Groundsman Glen Nortcliffe explained the importance of the maintenance work, in order to give the Blades the best possible playing surface in League One next term.

Glen remarked: "At this time of the year it is crucial we get the top layer of the pitch up early.

"This allows the necessary upgrades to be installed, before we start thinking about the actual surface.

"We have seeded the pitch and by the start of the new season our pitch will be fully rye grass and one of the best in the country.

"The real challenge comes as the games start to come thick and fast, but if we can get all the work completed in the coming weeks, then hopefully with a bit of luck in terms of the weather we can keep the pitch in the best possible condition.

"That isn't always easy given the make-up of the stadium, but discussions have already taken place about what other options are available, we are talking mainly about artificial lighting.

"At the moment this process is in it's infancy, once fertilised it will be around a week before we see the new grass, we will then continue to water and nurture the surface before starting cutting in mid June."

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