Blackpool’s pitch patch-up begins

Blackpool begin work on their pitch

Blackpool begin work on their pitch

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Work has begun to improve the Bloomfield Road pitch.

Blackpool were contacted by the Football League last week about their playing surface, following a host of complaints from opposition managers and players as well as supporters.

After agreeing to consult the Institute of Groundsmanship, Pool have now started renovations which they hope will improve the surface in time for their next home game against relegation rivals Wigan on Saturday week.

Pool have assured the Football League everything possible will be done to patch up the surface in the short term before it is completely replaced in the summer.

A club statement reads: “Remedial pitch work is now under way to improve the Bloomfield Road playing surface.

“The club recently consulted the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and arranged for the organisation to survey the current condition of the pitch.

“After discussions between Blackpool FC ground staff and the IOG, a process of remedial work – to include verti-draining and reseeding – will take place prior to the club’s next home fixture on February 28.

“The current pitch will then be completely ripped up in the off-season, ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.”

It’s believed the surface will be relaid before the Neil Diamond concert at the stadium on July 23, just over a fortnight before the start of next season.

The club insists hard pitch protectors will be in place for the concert and the surface will not be affected.