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Olympic Stadium seeded

Pic by Arfa /  Griffiths Photographers Greg Bolton Head Groundsman at the QEOP supervises seeding the pitch 08-06-2016  NO FREE USE

Seeding of the former Olympic Stadium pitch is now underway. The work began on Wednesday morning and the process took around four hours to complete. The first sprouts of grass are hoped to be seen within just five days of the seeding process being completed, and the pitch should be ready for its inaugural full cut between two to five days later.

Former Fulham and Reading Head Groundsman, Greg Bolton, who has taken over the new role at the former Olympic Stadium has been working in consultation with West Ham’s Head Groundsman Dougie Robertson who remains in charge of the training ground pitches.

Bolton said: “It certainly is a big moment [in the development of the Stadium]. It’s very important that this is taken with great care. I think the idea is not to rush this process. We have to get it right.

“The contractors we have on site are one of the best around. They do all the top grounds in the country, and we’re glad to have them on board here. It most certainly will be one of the best surfaces around.”

“It’s very deceiving at the moment,” he continued. “We’ve got the Desso fibres all exposed, and a lot of people think we’ve got full grass coverage already, but all that is just the reinforcing system in the surface.

“It’s exactly the same as the Club had at the Boleyn Ground, and it just helps aid soil stability. We shouldn’t have any big divots coming out of the surface; it should just be scarring. It helps with repairs and holding the surface together.”

We are expecting to see slight imprints in the surface [after the athletics] which we don’t see as being too much of an issue,” he explained. “It will just be a case of going round with a fork and just lifting areas which have any slight impressions in them.”

“The athletics require a clean surface without any markings, so the first [football] markings will be going on the week after the athletics ahead of the West Ham fixtures.”

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Olympic Stadium seeded

  1. Is there any chance of having this seed growing being updated every 30 minutes.It must be more interesting than the transfer rumours at the moment 🙂

  2. A variation on the watching paint dry them.Either preferable to the transfer circus the summer becomes.

  3. Yeah there going to seed it get it looking lovely then some big geezer or woman is going to launch Shot Putts,Discus,Hammers & Javelins all over it.Since when have Hammers left a light impression on the surface 🙂

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