Pitch Update: 5 June 2018

Pitch Update: 5 June 2018

The hard work continues at New Douglas Park over the summer with the installation of a new FIFA-approved, state-of-the-art, 3G pitch in preparation for our 5th consecutive season in the top flight of Scottish Football.

The club have made a significant investment of £750,000 on the pitch project; signalling a continued commitment to both our First Team and well renowned Youth Academy in ensuring they are afforded the very best playing surface available.

The 2018-19 season will see the New Douglas Park surface tailored to the same specifications as the Scottish FA’s 3G pitch at the Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre – a facility the governing body itself describes as ‘world class’.

The project is being completed in partnership with a number of the leading companies within the Sports Grounds industry to ensure the pitch is installed to the highest standards.

Sports Labs – a trusted and leading sports testing laboratory headquartered in Scotland – have been appointed to oversee construction whilst TIS Turf Irrigation systems are installing a new, top of the range, irrigation system which will be in operation for the new season.

Head Groundsman William Watson said, ’’We have left no stone unturned in our drive to bring the best playing surface available to Hamilton Accies. Over the past 18 months we have gone through a thorough process of data collection and club visits.

Watson added, ‘’Greenfields MX is widely used in elite sport across Europe; it is used in Holland by various top tier clubs including Vitesse, by English Premiership side Arsenal at their state-
of-the-art London Colney training centre and, in Scotland, by Alloa Athletic (who finished in the Top 10 of the recent joint study by PFA Scotland, Sports Labs and the Scottish FA conducted using the ‘Pitch Rater’ app).’’

Keep an eye on www.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk for further updates from the ground staff as the project nears completion ahead of the 2018-19 season.