The new pitch at the Broadfield Stadium is coming along nicely, with grass emerging just five days after the surface was seeded.
A three-week long project began last month and involved installing new primary and secondary drainage and new irrigation in the centre of the pitch before levelling, fertilising and seeding.
The work was done by industry leaders Premier Pitches, who work with some of the top clubs in the UK, and their partners Abbotts and was overseen by the Sports Turf Research Institute. A large part of the total cost of the project was met by Brighton & Hove Albion, whose women’s team will be using the Stadium next season to host games in the FA Premier League.
Head Groundsman Ben Harwood said: “We are delighted with the standard of work carried out by Premier Pitches and their sub-contractors.
“The pitch was seeded and fertilised only last Friday but I expect we will be doing the first cut at the end of next week.
“The new irrigation system has already been used and we are confident we will have a pitch to be proud of by the time the new season kicks off.”