Bluebirds to consider re-laying pitch

Cardiff City are intending to re-lay the playing surface at The Cardiff City Stadium before the end of the season, according to BBC Sport.

The Bluebirds suffered an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to League 1 strugglers Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup Third Round tie on Sunday evening in a match which saw the turf at the £48 million arena substantially cut up.

South Wales has seen exceptionally heavy rainfall in recent weeks and neighbours Newport County have also suffered problems with their playing surface after seeing their last 2 home matches postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.

Cardiff City Stadium was opened in the summer of 2009 and hosts the Welsh National Team’s home fixtures as well as Cardiff City’s own fixtures. The stadium has also hosted concerts on the pitch in recent years.

The turf at Cardiff City Stadium is made up of natural grass and synthetic fibres  which are supposed to provide the club with a reliable playing surface. The club were planning to re-lay the pitch last summer however Wales were scheduled to face Belgium at the stadium in June.

The playing surface has come under criticism from Cardiff City players and management and the club are now looking at the possibility of re-laying the surface within the next 6-8 weeks.

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