First Team Star
Dec 4, 2017, 11:41 PM
With winter upon us, I thought it might be useful to have a thread listing the ever increasing number of clubs who have what the RFU describe as AGP's - artificial grass pitches.
It is worth adding that rugby clubs may have an artificial surface on an outside pitch, and because grading regulations are not as stringent as with football, games may be switched, but I'd rather keep this list to clubs whose main pitch is artificial.
The following, to the best of my knowledge, have installed artificial pitches, at their own expense.
Dings Crusaders (new ground due to open Jan-18)
Meanwhile, the RFU is committed to spending £50 million as part of the 2015 World Cup legacy installing 100 AGP's over a four year period (I am assuming some of these may be at schools rather than clubs).
The first three of these opened early this year, namely
Hornets (based in Weston-super-Mare)
The second stage added five more clubs
All of these are now in use with the exception of Derby, and that had an estimated completion of Dec-17, so should not be long.
In Scotland, there are surprisingly few artificial pitches on club grounds. I have a document from Scottish Rugby, dated 3/11/17, and only 17 pitches are approved for use - most are primarily football grounds or sports centres/schools. The only regular ground I can see on there is at Scotstoun. However, North Berwick is listed, and satellite view on google maps suggests everything there is grass, so if this one is new it may be the main pitch. Also, worth noting that in Galashiels, the Netherdale 3G Arena (ie the football ground) is listed, but I seem to recall the rugby pitch had undersoil heating - no idea though if this is still operational!
In Wales, only Cardiff Arms Park, Merthyr and whoever uses the CCB Centre at Ystrad Mynach (Penallta ?) spring readily to mind, but I suspect there may be more.
Any additions that anyone can make would be gratefully received.
(This post was edited by AndrewG on Dec 4, 2017, 11:45 PM)