The old turf has been stripped from the Croke Park pitch and the surface is being prepared for the new turf.
The old turf has been stripped from the Croke Park pitch and the surface is being prepared for the new turf. 

Croke Park pitch replacement under way


By John Harrington

Work is well underway to replace the entire Croke Park pitch.

The old turf has been stripped away and the pitch has been releveled so everything is perfect for the new turf to be laid.

The new turf will be harvested from the GAA's own turf farm in north county Dublin.

In the past the GAA used to import new turf from the UK but the development of the turf farm has been a real game-changer.

The pitch replacement work at Croke Park is well underway. 
The pitch replacement work at Croke Park is well underway. 

Previously the imported turf would have to be stored in refrigerated lorries for 16 to 20 hours which wasn't ideal.

When turf is rolled up there's a slight risk it can get heat damage in the middle of the rolls and frost damage on the outside of the rolls.

Those risks no longer exist, because the new turf is grown a few short miles from Croke Park and can be laid on the pitch within three hours of being harvested.

You can watch a video of how the GAA develops its own turf from seed to harvest below.