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SBD Global/February 6, 2014/Facilities

Scotland's Murrayfield To Get New High-Tech Pitch After Bugs Attack Turf

Edinburgh, Scotland's Murrayfield stadium "is to get a new state-of-the-art pitch" and Scottish Premiership side Celtic "could help pay the bill," according to Roddy Duncan of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Root-eating bugs known as nematodes "have turned the turf into a mudbath." Now, Scottish rugby chiefs "have admitted defeat and the sorry surface will be scrapped and replaced by a combination of grass and artificial fibre." The Scottish Rugby Union "refused to reveal the cost" but it is believed to be £1.25M ($2M) -- the "biggest investment at the home of the Scottish game since the stadium was rebuilt 20 years ago." And Celtic "could help to pay the bill by getting first use of the new pitch" -- the type already being used by Arsenal, Liverpool, ManU and Man City, plus the San Siro and Wembley (DAILY RECORD, 2/5).
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