By Forsyth Barr Stadium | Posted: Monday December 5, 2016

The pitch at Forsyth Barr Stadium has proved its versatility yet again hosting a number of fantastic events throughout November and concluding the year with the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship.

The track for the Drifting Championship has now been lifted from the pitch at the Stadium which remains in good shape after withstanding another thrilling event.

The pitch has played host to four major events in five weeks including The Great Kiwi Home & Living Show, The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival, Relay for Life and Southern Utd v Wellington Phoenix and has held up as more than 16,000 visitors have enjoyed themselves out on the grass.

The annual pitch renovation will now take place and will involve a number of steps to rejuvenate the grass in time for the start of another busy year under the roof.

The team at the Stadium will follow a rigorous process to ensure the grass is well prepared for the rugby. They will use a corer to punch holes in the turf to enable air and water to be pumped through after which they will then rake the full pitch to remove all the dead grass and exposing as much of the Desso (artificial grass) as possible before sowing grass seed and applying fertiliser.

With a number of huge sporting events at the Stadium including Highlanders v The British & Irish Lions and All Blacks v Australia, the pitch will be up and ready for another full calendar in 2017.