Major turf makeover for MCG

Australia

The Melbourne Cricket Ground's full 20,000 square metres of turf will be replaced later this year.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground's full 20,000 square metres of turf will be replaced later this year.

The overhaul, which will commence on 29 September, will be completed in the month between the end of the Australian Football League and home cricket seasons.

"Since the ground was redeveloped for the Commonwealth Games in 2006, turf replacements have been conducted when required to prolong the life of the turf surface," said MCC arenas operations manager Tony Gordon.

"This may be due to damage to the turf caused by wear and tear or wet weather. However, the life span of any natural turf sports surface is not infinite and, while our artificial lighting system has significantly reduced the need for turf replacement, the MCG is a high-use venue.

"Strategic turf replacement is crucial to ensuring our playing surface is among the best in the world. Both cricket and AFL players will enjoy the benefits of this program."

Up to 10 portable pitches will also be put in place during the resurfacing. The MCG will host five 2015 World Cup matches, including the final on 29 March. Four 2014-15 Big Bash League fixtures will also be played at the venue.

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