Partick Thistle reveal plans for £100,000 pitch revamp

first_imgPartick Thistle managing director Ian Maxwell has revealed the club plans to install a new pitch and drainage system at Firhill at a cost of around £100k.The Jags have had four home games postponed since the start of December due to a waterlogged pitch and earlier this week manager Alan Archibald said he would rather the club fixed the problem rather than install an artificial surface.Maxwell has confirmed they have spoken to pitch renovation companies and work will begin at the end of the current season. “We understand there’s a problem, we understand that we can’t continue the way we’re going,” he told STV. However Maxwell went on to explain why the short summer break could prove to be problematic.Thistle’s season may not finish until Sunday, May 22 if they are to battle for survival in the Premiership play-off final. The 2016/17 campaign starts less than two months later, in mid July, with the groups stages of the revamped League Cup.Maxwell revealed he may have to speak to the SPFL over the scheduling of their fixtures to allow time for the new surface to be put in place.“We’ll need to get as much in as we can and we’ll maybe need to speak to the SPFL about dates to try and be creative about when we play games,” he continued.“We need as much chance as possible to get the work done because it’s in everybody’s interests to make sure the park is draining as well as it can.” “We’re looking at stripping the top layer off the pitch, getting back down underneath the undersoil heating pipes and instating new drains.“At the moment the pitch is drained every 10 metres and we’re looking to increasing that to every five metres and trying to break out what’s round the existing drains.“The feeling is that soil is now compacted because of years of use, the undersoil pipes went down 25 years ago.“In terms of cost it will get to six figures to do it properly. It’s a lot more than we would usually spend on the park but from a business point of view, we’ve had four games off, so it’s a bit of a false economy not to do it.”last_img read more