Work Commences On New Playing Surface

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 28 Jun 2017

Within hours of the last of the concert staging and equipment leaving the Racecourse, in moved the team from ALS, who are carrying out our pitch renovation work ahead of the new season. 

They landed first thing on Tuesday morning and completed their work in a single day, which was some going. 

They took off the layer of grass (20mm using a Koro machine), verti drained the whole area (punching thousands of deep holes) and then top dressed the surface with 100 tonnes of top soil, before slitting, seeding and adding fertilizer. 

At one stage, they even sent one worker back to their base in Telford to bring in a second seeding machine, to make sure the work was completed on the day, especially with the weather forecast for Wednesday onwards showing heavy rain.

Club groundsman Paul Chaloner worked with the ALS crew and they paid special attention to the areas of the pitch that supported the staging. Even with matting laid down, it does suffer more due to the extra weight of all the rigging involved in producing what was an impressive Olly Murs concert. 

Now we just need some kind weather over the coming month to ensure the grass grows, to give us a good playing surface for the campaign ahead. Paul is hopeful that if all goes to plan, he will be able to do a first cut a little under two weeks after the work was carried out.

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