Date:Friday December 18 2009
Pompey have moved to assure fans that the game with Liverpool tomorrow will go ahead, as the pitch is in 'perfect condition' for the bin dippers visit.
So, we will not see another 'Citeh moment' where we had the embarrassment of seeing a premier league game called off due to a frozen pitch. 'If' this happened again the premier league would come down on us like a ton of bricks - although, if it was money they wanted they would have to wait in line ;-)
A statement - see below - was issued on The Pompey Site this morning that says that the only disruptions being felt this weekend might be to the fans trying to get to Fratton, as this game will go ahead...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Pitch Perfect For Liverpool Clash
Snow may disrupt many people's weekends, but Pompey and Liverpool fans can rest assured.
The groundsmen at Fratton Park, led by Bob Jones, were well prepared for the freezing temperatures - and snowy conditions.
Frost covers were laid over the turf on Wednesday afternoon, once the pitch had been marked, and then the water-proof covers that make up the inflatable dome were added in the evening.
The snow was swept from the upper covers this morning and, with temperatures of over minus 4°C being predicted overnight tonight, heaters are due to be turned on and the dome inflated later today to protect the pitch ahead of the big match against Liverpool on Saturday.
Lucius Peart, head of operations, said: "The pitch is in perfect condition for our match on Saturday.
"We took all the necessary precautions earlier this week and we will now be keeping the pitch warm & ready for the game.
"There is no risk of the game not going ahead at this stage."
Kick-off for Saturday's match is 12.45pm.
Date:Friday December 18 2009
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