Artificial pitch for the Arms Park?
March 28, 2013
The future for the Arms Park? The artificial surface at Saracens' Allianz Park © PA Photos
Cardiff Blues have confirmed they are looking at installing an artificial pitch like the 4G surface used by Saracens at Allianz Park.
"We have met with companies who could install it, and we are now looking at ways of potentially financing it," Blues chief executive Richard Holland was quoted as saying by the South Wales Echo.
"It would be amazing for the Blues, for Cardiff and potentially for the wider community as well because it would be available to use 365 days of the year. We could also hold non-rugby events on it.
"Meetings are taking place, and yes, we have a desire to do this. Will it happen? I can't say for sure at the moment because it depends on the finance. We are aware of the quality of the spectacle for our paying public who don't want to see 30 blokes rolling around in the mud."
Holland said he was "hugely impressed" when Cardiff played on the new Allianz Park pitch earlier in the year. The pitch would cost around £500,000.
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