Metricon Stadium’s status as a multi-purpose venue has been confirmed over recent months with its transformation from being the main venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, its transformation back to an AFL venue for the Gold Coast Suns and now as a cricket arena.
Hours after the completion of the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on 15th April, trucks rolled into Metricon Stadium to start reforming it into an AFL venue.
Dismantling a temporary stand, lighting and other fit-outs for the Games’ main arena took three days before the running track was removed and turf re-laying began.
A little over seven weeks later, on Saturday 2nd June the Suns and Geelong ran out on a pristine playing surface prepared at a location two hours north of Carrara by HG Sports Turf that looks every bit as good as it did before the Games.
The re-laying process took nine days in total with another two weeks for it to settle before the Suns began training prior to playing the Cats.
Head groundsman Kerry Betihavas told media “endless hours and sleepless nights” had gone into preparing the ground for cricket, advising “we started constructing these drop-in trays late December last year before the Comm Games started to ensure that the surface would be ready for this upcoming cricket summer.”
He added the drop-in method would provide maximum flexibility for the Carrara arena, explaining “this cricket pitch is in a metal tray which is a portable pitch so we can move it overnight and play footy tomorrow
“It’s very similar to the pitches in Melbourne at the MCG, Optus Stadium now in Perth and the Adelaide Oval.”
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