Leeds to replace Headingley pitch

Leeds Rugby are to spend £1 million laying a new pitch at Headingley.

The current surface, which was last relayed in 1963 when Headingley became the first club ground in British sport to install undersoil heating, will be dug up next month.

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: "It is a considerable investment for the club but vital if we are to maintain our position within the sport and enable us to attract more events to the stadium."

The pitch is used all-year round by Super League club Leeds Rhinos and Championship rugby union team Leeds Carnegie.

The improvements, due for completion by December, will include a new drainage system and undersoil heating but the club have decided against using artificial grass.

Head groundsman Jason Booth said: "We explored fully the option of all types of pitches, including a 3G artificial surface, however the overwhelming outcome from both experts and users was that a natural reinforced grass pitch was the right option for Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

"The new construction will provide a consistent surface all year round and will mean an end to muddy pitches at Headingley Carnegie."