City Announce 'Significant Upgrades' To Valley Parade Pitch

Valley Parade

The work will be done in the close season.

Bradford City have committed to significant upgrades to the Valley Parade pitch and replacement of the existing drainage system.

It follows a winter in which a number of gmaes have fallen victim to the weather. That includes Easter Monday's visit of Walsall - postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The work will be done in the close season.

Richard Hayden, from Hayden Turfcare Ltd in Wetherby, will oversee the works which will be carried out by North of England firm CLS Sport Ltd. He told the club's official website: “I’m delighted to be working with Bradford City FC on this project. They are a progressive club and we both want to have the best surface possible.

"Being based locally allows us to provide support to Head Groundsman Mick Doyle and Operations & Stadium Manager Paula Watson on the management of the pitch throughout the season. It’s good to be back in Bradford.”

Chairman Edin Rahic added: “The postponement of the Milton Keynes and Walsall games disappointed everyone connected with the club but despite all the ground staff's best efforts, the combination of a very old drainage system and heavy rain means that water simply rests on the surface, killing the grass and no matter how much work is done by hand or with machinery, it is hard to recover.”

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