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Lord's outfield replaced

MCC, alongside turf contractor Steven Pask, is currently engaged in a project to replace the entire Lord's outfield.

The project is being funded by LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) after Lord's was successfully used as the Archery venue during the London 2012 Olympics.

The whole outfield, 21,000 square yards, is being replaced in the process, which should take about one month to complete (depending on the weather) meaning the new outfield should be completely in place by early November.

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Lord's' new turf is custom grown for the Home of Cricket and has been manicured and treated as a cricket outfield for a year in Steven Pask's headquarters near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire.

New outfield in numbers

  •     21,000 - square yards of turf which is being laid
  •     7 - number of hours it takes for the turf to be harvested and transported overnight to Lord's from Lincolnshire
  •     15 - depth in millimetres of the "washed turf" turf being laid
  •     0 - amount in £ which Lord's is paying for the process, which is being funded by LOCOG
  •     9 - years since the outfield was last fully replaced at Lord's

This is the second project MCC has undertaken alongside Steven Pask in the past three months, after the Club worked with the same contractor to ensure the Ground was ready for the August Test between England and South Africa shortly after the conclusion of the Olympic Archery.

In addition to the outfield replacement, the first phase of this current project was to add two new pitches - one to each end of the Lord's square - to the Ground.

Lord's will now feature 21 pitches, with the new strips for use as practice pitches during internationals and, after a couple of years "bedding in", for matches. MCC spent £23,000 on this project.

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