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PRO12: Cardiff Blues to install artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park

Last Updated: 13/06/13 10:54am

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Cardiff Blues will play on an artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park next season

Cardiff Blues will play on an artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park next season

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Cardiff Blues are to install an artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park ahead of next season in the hope it will provide more entertaining rugby.

The Blues have taken the decision after the playing surface at the Arms Park "took a battering" during the previous campaign.

Chief executive Richard Holland said: "This is very exciting news for all Cardiff Blues supporters and indeed Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC players in the region.

"The new surface will allow games to go ahead no matter the weather and hopefully enable us to play a more expansive and attractive game for supporters to enjoy.

"There is also the wider community to consider and our aim is to make the pitch available for teams in the Blues region to play and train on.

"We've put a great amount of effort into researching the different surfaces available and I have no doubt that the new artificial pitch will be a hit with players and supporters alike."

Cardiff will become the second British club to install an artificial pitch. They were the first side to play Saracens on their 4G surface at Allianz Park last January.

Blues director of rugby Phil Davies said: "Having a new artificial pitch installed at the Arms Park is fantastic news.

"It will allow us to play the expansive game that we want which will hopefully be attractive to the supporters to watch."

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