Man City overhauling Etihad pitch to make it a UK first ahead of next season

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Manchester City have provided an exciting update amid their pitch revamp which will see the Etihad Stadium turf mark a first in the UK.

It was certainly a season to remember for the Sky Blues as they completed an impressive double, lifting the Carabao Cup before becoming Premier League champions for the fifth time, though Pep Guardiola's side fell short in the Champions League final.

There is at least two months until the new season gets underway, with all the focus now on Euro 2020, with several City stars featuring for various nations.

But club chiefs have already got their preparations well underway for the new campaign, with the Etihad pitch undergoing a remarkable makeover.

Manchester City's Etihad pitch is currently undergoing a remarkable makeover
(Image: Mancity.com)

The old pitch has been completely excavated in the club's biggest project of its kind in City's history, according to the club's website.

The pitch plans were supposed to get underway 12 months ago, but the pandemic and uncertainties around last season's start date saw the postponed.

This is the first time the Etihad pitch has been completely rebuilt, with a partial rebuild taking place in 2010.

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The pitch incorporates a new drainage system, the first in the UK to use it

In a first for the UK for this drainage system, the new pitch will be able to retain and recycle more than 200,000 litres of water.

Meanwhile, a new air vacuum system will help to pull moisture out of the pitch.

The excavations saw the level of the pitch drop by nearly half a metre, with around 6000 tonnes of rootzone, sand, gravel and clay all removed.

This will all be replaced and the pitch level will return to its normal level when the project is completed.

It is hoped that the plans will be finished by the end of this month, having started in May shortly after the end of the season.

The pitch dimensions remain at the standard requirement of 105 x 68 metres for the Premier League, as well as UEFA and FIFA competitions.

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