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New playing surface under way as Wanderers gear up for 2022/23

18 May 2022

The season may be over but there’s no rest for Wanderers’ award-winning ground-staff.

Chris Simm and his team – who were last week named as League One’s Grounds Team of the Season by the EFL – are over-seeing the laying of a new playing surface at the University of Bolton Stadium.

After the last of a number of ‘play-on-the-pitch’ fixtures and cup finals, contractors rolled into the stadium on Monday morning.

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And since then, the top layer of the pitch has been removed to make way for a new pristine surface ready for the start of the 2022/23 EFL season at the end of July.

The synthetic element of the pitch, which makes up for three per cent of its covering, has remained in place, while layers of sand, lime and garlic (to kill of potential parasites) have been added.

Chris and his men will sow close to 500kg of seed to provide the new grass cover and then allow the elements to do the rest for the next few weeks before cutting and marking starts again ready for the big kick-off for Ian Evatt’s team.

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In addition, the ground staff are also renovating and repairing the pitches at Wanderers’ Lostock training ground ready for the Whites to return for pre-season training in mid-June.

As part of an on-going refurbishment programme, Wanderers are continuing to invest in the infrastructure of the stadium, training ground and Whites Hotel.

And as well as an upgrade to facilities for players and staff, supporters, sponsors and corporate guests will also see improvements across the University of Bolton Stadium when they return for the start of next season.

More details will follow in due course.


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