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Bubble protects pitch

24 January 2013

There's plenty of hot air at Boundary Park

There is a warm glow at Boundary Park, even though the temperatures is still freezing.

Step inside the protective 'bubble,' which is covering the pitch, and it is significantly warmer.

And despite only being inflated yesterday, the frozen pitch is already starting to thaw.

Manager Paul Dickov had a close look today and was impressed while praising head groundsman Chris Bailey, his staff and fans who cleared hundreds of tonnes of snow from the pitch before the 'bubble' could be put into position.

The 'bubble' had due to be installed on Monday, but the delay was caused by the snow-clearing operation which was painstakingly slow due to the volume which needed removing.

The pitch protection system, which involves the inside of the 'bubble' being heated, will defrost the pitch.

The current state of the playing surface and sub-zero temperatures forecast for the rest of the week meant that Latics requested use of the MacLeod Pitch Protection System provided by the Football Association through their contractors Sports & Stadia Services Limited. 

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