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SBD Global/December 17, 2012/Facilities
Plastic Pitch To Be Installed At Millennium Stadium Prior To 2015 Rugby World Cup
Published December 17, 2012
WAY OF THE FUTURE: In London, Jones also wrote in a separate piece for the SUNDAY TIMES "all this is anathema to traditionalists," but Premiership side Saracens "are unapologetic." They are "anxious to develop a partnership with the local community and the surface will be available for use by local schools and clubs." Whereas a grass pitch "can be typically used for about two to five hours a week, the latest artificial surfaces can be used for more than 40 hours a week and require minimal maintenance." Saracens High Performance Dir Scott Murphy believes that such pitches are "the way of the future." Murphy: “We have gone for the artificial option because we are anxious to develop it for community use but also because we pride ourselves on being ground-breaking and trail-blazing." The plans for Allianz Park suggest it will be a "driving force for the rest of the sport in terms of spectator facilities, with several innovations planned." There will be "an outlet from a high-street pizza chain, with messengers delivering food to the crowd at halftime; there will be an iPhone app available that will offer instant replays from various angles; and the ground will boast the 'longest bar in rugby.'" The pies "will be organic and the rugby mud-free and safe from the risk of postponed matches" (SUNDAY TIMES, 12/16).