Portman Road (and the ground staff) has won several awards for the quality of the pitch. Heck, they’d better as Ipswich is in the middle of an agricultural area. So, now that Ipswich are counting the money they made after the REM concert there the other day, it’s time to put down a new pitch.
What strikes me is how much attention is being given to the new pitch and how much of a priority it is. They seem to throw down a new pitch 2 or 3 times each season at the HDC. Watching on TV, you can tell the grass at the HDC is an after thought. Maybe one day AEG won’t rent the stadium to the X-Games and truck in several hundred tons of dirt. But it’s all about the money.