Pitch experts called in to clean up after pop concert at Ipswich Town FC

Artificial surface maintenance specialists Technical Surfaces were called in for clean-up work at Ipswich Town FC following the Pink Summer Carnival tour.

Head groundsman Alan Ferguson called in Technical Surfaces to get their outdoor synthetic pitch playable again following the pop concert which saw up to 25,000 fans drinking, eating, smoking and littering in the area while they waited for the concert to begin.

He said:  "The surface is now in its tenth year.  In all truth it should probably have been replaced by now, but due to the budget restraints of a Championship club trying to win promotion back to the Premiership, we just don’t have the budget."

He added:  "We do have our own in-house equipment for regular drag brushing, but after the concert we needed to bring in the specialists so that we are able to continue to offer our academy and local community a wide range of use."

Technical Surfaces spent two days brushing and de-compacting the pitch to bring it back to a playable condition.

Technical Services’ technical manager Sean Colbert said:  "We believe that the best maintenance package you can implement on your synthetic sports surface will combine the outsourced works of Technical Surfaces with your own in-house efforts and continued diligence.

"This is the very cornerstone of our philosophy – maintaining standards – and is an ideal that we also encourage our clients to work towards."

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