By Jack Wynne – Deputy Sports Editor
The Preston Sports Arena is set to include a new all-surface pitch after the autumn.
The work totalling £780,000, which was recently announced by the University of Central Lancashire, will focus on upgrading the floodlit pitches.
The pitches, which are situated at the facility in Tom Benson Way, Ingol, are to be improved to a FIFA one star and World Rugby 22 accredited Evolution XQ 3G surface.
Andy Coverdale, UCLan’s business services manager, highlighted how much better this new surface will be for students.
“This fantastic new pitch will allow football and rugby to be played on the one surface for up to 60 hours a week.
“That’s nearly 10 times more games than we can currently accommodate on a grass pitch. This is all about giving our students the best experience possible.
“Over the years their matches have been affected by the weather but this new 3G surface will ensure all games can be fulfilled and those players will be competing on a world-class pitch.”
The new surface, which will span 100m x 68m, is made up of artificial grass within a rubber crumb and shock pad.
There will be also be a new area for spectators, dug outs, recessed goals and fencing which will be part of the new pitch.
Jan Peace, who is the UCLan Sports Arena Development Manager described the new pitch as an “exciting development”.
Peace added: “It will be a great new addition to the Arena and it will be complemented by our great on-site facilities including free parking, café and manned reception.”