Premier League pitch taking shapeWork is now in full swing to map out the playing surface on the stadium pitch - a traditional pre-season venture for the Royals' groundstaff.
All throughout the summer the club has been hurriedly working through the exciting transition from npower Championship to Barclays Premier League.
There have been a number of stark and subtle changes around the club, yet the pitch is one rather large feature which tends to remain constant each season.
The main focal point of Madejski Stadium is comprised of the blades of grass on which the boots of our players will tread - the turf has been carefully & lovingly restored to its vibrant & lush sheen (usual off-season practice for the diligent groundstaff) - in anticipation for what will be a monumental season ahead.
Stadium staff have manicured the grass to the optimum thickness & length, perfectly befitting a top flight outfit, and now has come the time to lay down that all-important playing grid that will mark the Royals Premier League arena.
Rollers have been marched back and forth to mark the white confines of the playing surface giving further assurance, if it were needed, that August 18th is just around the corner.
With less than three weeks to go until the opening game of the 2012/13 campaign with Stoke, the 68m wide by 105m long - UEFA regulation size - pitch will need to be at its best. Head groundsman Greg Bolton has every faith that this will be the case.
"We've worked hard on the pitch over the summer and the results are pleasing, as always, it's a playing surface to be proud of.
"At the moment we are simply marking the perimeter of the pitch and the half-way line so we have something to work from when we start for real."
The Royals host Crystal Palace on August 11th for the final game on their pre-season calendar which will allow supporters the first chance to witness their team walk out on the Premier League playing surface.