Norwich City fans will get their first glimpse of the Club’s new football pitch at Carrow Road this weekend.
The groundstaff have been working behind the scenes all summer to get the pitch ready for Saturday’s game against West Bromich Albion.
Leicestershire-based firm Hewitt Sports Turf were brought in to oversee the installation, with the project costing north of £500,000.
Head Groundsman Gary Kemp said: “The pitch was laid in 2004 and had a 10-year guarantee and we actually got 14 seasons out of it, but it was getting to the stage where the fibre part of the pitch needed replacing.
“Work started directly after the Legends game in May and there was three weeks of construction work digging it out and levelling it all and then about three weeks re-stitching before we started seeding it. So the pitch you see now is about seven weeks old.
“I keep saying to people if it plays as well as it looks I’ll be very pleased because that is the bit that concerns any groundsman. Look is one thing but it has got to play well.
“A lot of people think once the pitch is laid that is it, but that is only the beginning. There is day-to-day maintenance whether it is cutting, spiking, spraying, all these things have to be done to keep the pitch in tip-top condition for the first team.
“It is our showpiece, we like it to look nice but we are also practical and we want it to play well.”