3G AGP at the CNG for HTAFC

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3G AGP at the CNG for HTAFC

Postby Charlie Magpie » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:41 am

In proper words, A brand new state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) is set to be installed at The CNG Stadium, the home of Harrogate Town, for the start of next season.

From their official website;

The new pitch will have the look and feel of grass but crucially, will be able to withstand extensive use in all weather. Manager Simon Weaver believes the new surface will provide excellent playing characteristics in terms of ball bounce and ball roll, with turf tested to FIFA’s 2 Star standard. Weaver commented: “As a manager, this development is incredibly exciting. The CNG Stadium has really become a fortress for us, and now the playing surface will help us give the fans more of the dynamic, fast-paced football they've grown accustomed to. It also means we can regularly train at the ground, which will give give us a real edge going into the new season”.

Work is also in progress at Tamworth's The Lamb Stadium on their new 3G pitch. Will both Harrogate and Tamworth have a significant advantage, in terms of being familiar with the bounce and 'playing characteristics' of their new pitches, over their visiting opponents? Imagine a sequence of December/January matches played on a wet and muddy Victory Park followed by a trip to either Harrogate or Tamworth - quite a different playing experience for the visiting Magpie players. Would it be worthwhile for the Chorley team to train on a quality 3G pitch such as the one at Bolton's Eddie Davies Academy in Lostock the week before their visits to Harrogate and Tamworth?

With their inevitable 'edge' in their home fixtures, will Harrogate and Tamworth establish superior home records and be pushing for promotion come the end of the season? Also going down the 3G route next season are Hyde United and Redditch United. It will be interesting to see how the new playing surfaces affect performances and the quality of football from a spectators point of view, also, how the clubs benefit financially from the hiring out of their pitches throughout the week to other local community teams.

If 3G pitches prove to be successful, is it inevitable that clubs like Chorley will eventually have to consider installing a 3G pitch for the benefit of the club and the local community? We have the opportunity to observe the reaction of players and supporters at the new '3G clubs', and in a few years time maybe consider what would be best for the long-term future of Victory Park and Chorley FC.
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Re: 3G AGP at the CNG for HTAFC

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Re: 3G AGP at the CNG for HTAFC

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Re: 3G AGP at the CNG for HTAFC

Postby Zidane » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:43 pm

'Charlie' been smoking the 'Grass' again ? :evil:
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