Irrigation system helps Colchester United Football Club to survive downpours

Colchester United Football Club says it is reaping the benefits of a new irrigation system following a recent pitch relocation.

The club, which moved from its former home at Layer Road to the Weston Homes Community Stadium last year went for Toro technology.

The TDC Turf Decoder Controller irrigation system ensured the rapid establishment of its new pitch, said Colchester United Football Club.

The kit includes 15 690 Series sprinklers, installed at the 10,000-capacity stadium by LS Systems last summer.

"Because this was a new-build, we worked to a tight schedule so the pitch would be established in time," said project director Tim Griffiths.

"The club needed simple but robust and reliable irrigation."

Eliminating costs associated with traditional valve-wire bundles, Toro's TDC system provided wide and flexible sprinkler coverage, suited to large installations, said Toro.

Head groundsman Dave Blacknall said: "We went from seeding to play in just seven weeks. Even though there was quite a bit of rain, we wouldn't have achieved that without the irrigation."


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