Rangers set to install new pitch at Ibrox once season is over
Rangers are set to install a new pitch at Ibrox once the season finishes.
George A Mullan, who is the CEO at SIS Pitches, has confirmed on his personal Twitter account that after completing a “full pitch construction” at the Batumi stadium in Georgia, Ibrox is next for his company.
— George A Mullan (@SIS_George) May 11, 2021
SIS Pitches has worked on football stadiums across the world, installing synthetic, hybrid and natural pitches.
New season, new pitch
As it stands, Ibrox has a natural pitch that is hybrid in certain areas, which means it comes under the category of being semi-hybrid.
The Athletic reported last summer that “the most heavily-trodden areas including the full goal mouth, centre circle and corners consist of a hybrid surface”.
Last season, Steven Gerrard described the Ibrox pitch as being “awful” after a win against Hibernian but it has certainly looked fine and well this term.
Despite the improvement, it doesn’t look as though Rangers are ready to rest on their laurels and a new fully hybrid pitch could be on the cards.
SIS Pitches have installed a hybrid pitch at River Plate’s El Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the first pitch of it’s kind installed in the world.
According to their website, SISGrass pitches “are proven to accommodate considerably more playing hours than a 100 per cent natural pitch, whilst providing greater durability for intensive usage schedules over an extended period of time”.
It means that with Rangers’ heavily-packed fixture schedule and the infamously bad Glaswegian weather, the pitch should be able to hold up for a lot longer than it normally would.
It’s a wise investment by the club and while we might not notice the difference ourselves, it should be something that helps players avoid injuries and ensure games aren’t postponed due to adverse weather.
In other Rangers news, there’s been a big financial update shared by Kieran Maguire.