Severe weather conditions over the winter period has seen Wigan Athletic decide to relay their pitch mid-season.
The move to re-lay the pitch came on Tuesday, in the hopes of the surface being in place before Wigan’s clash with Oldham on Saturday at the DW.
A period of torrential rain and stormy weather has seen the condition of The Latics’ pitch slowly deteriorate over the last couple of months. If the decision to re-lay the pitch wasn’t initially an assured one, it soon became so following Rugby League team Wigan Warriors playing their first fixture of the season on the pitch last week.
An official statement released on Wigan’s club website stated:
“The problem was further exacerbated last Friday evening following Wigan Warriors’ Super League match versus Catalan Dragons, which took place on another evening of persistent heavy rainfall, and the decision was taken immediately after the match to carry out the work.”
Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson made reference to the need for the Latics to have the pitch surface in the best possible condition, as the club heads into an incredibly important period of the season with promotion to The Championship at stake.
“We had to act quickly to give Gary Caldwell and the players the best possible surface to play on for the remainder of the season.
“A number of other Premier League and Football League clubs have also relayed new pitches in the past month and so this is not a unique situation.”
With the weather situation still likely to cause problems, Jackson also commented on the long-term plans regarding the pitch surface.
“There have been a number of issues that have contributed to the playing surface becoming unstable and suffering from significant grass loss. Further significant work is planned at the end of the football season to improve the playing surface for next season.”