Renovation starts on outfield at Emirates Old Trafford
Update: Outfield renovation at Emirates Old Trafford
Renovation of the outfield at Emirates Old Trafford started last week as the Club prepares for next year with the ground hosting a packed domestic campaign, six ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures as well as the Fourth Specsavers Ashes Test.
The Club has invested heavily on the outfield renovation which will maintain the exceptionally high standards Emirates Old Trafford has achieved in recent years, as marked by the ECB and ICC after each fixture played.
The whole top layer (20mm) of the outfield will be taken off and re-levelled with the irrigation system then re-installed. A pre-seed fertiliser will be applied and then over-seeded with Perennial Ryegrass seed mix. This is the first time since 2008 that the Club has undertaken this work on the outfield and will be led by Head Groundsman, Matt Merchant.
Operations Director at Lancashire, Anthony Mundy said, “Our outfield renovation normally takes place at the end of September after the last round of Specsavers County Championship matches, but this year we needed another month to simply ensure the grass is given enough time to grow back before the winter months because we have totally removed the grass surface.
“This work is really important for us to undertake due to the increased number of games that will take place here at Emirates Old Trafford next year with a packed domestic campaign as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup and following that, the Ashes.”
The Emirates Old Trafford pitches and outfield have received high praise throughout the busy programme of domestic and international cricket in 2018 with the ICC scoring the playing surface ‘Excellent’ for both the Royal London One-Day International against Australia on June 24 and the Vitality International T20 against India on 3 July.
Come next spring, the outfield will return to its most pristine state, and that’s because of the work that has commenced in the last couple of weeks. The whole project has been developed and agreed in conjunction with both the Club’s retained pitch specialist and the cricket department.
See below for a photo gallery from Emirates Old Trafford from the last week.