Scotstoun's artificial pitch is ready for action!

The new artificial pitch at Scotstoun Stadium is ready for it's first competitive match this weekend.

Glasgow Warriors host Leinster on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and the game is heading for a sell out with more than 7,000 tickets already sold.

The artificial surface will significantly reduce the risk of fixtures being postponed and will provide the Warriors with an excellent surface all year round.

Cardiff Blues, Saracens and Newcastle Falcons have already made the switch to artificial surfaces in recent seasons, while Worcester Warriors have installed a similar surface this summer.

The project is being funded by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Rugby and sportscotland.

Our exclusive time-lapse video shows the work which has gone in over the last few months to transform the stadium ahead of the new season.

Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “The new pitch at Scotstoun Stadium is fantastic for our club.

“It shows that we have a great partnership with Glasgow Life at Scotstoun and we would also like to thank Scottish Rugby, Glasgow City Council, sportscotland, Scottish Athletics and Victoria Park Athletics Club for their support of this project.  

“We appreciate the work of City Building, and in particular their contractor Malcolm Group, who have gone the extra mile to make sure the pitch is ready for our first home game of the season against Leinster on Saturday.”

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Our investment has delivered significant improvements which meet the very highest standards, ensuring Scotstoun Stadium retains its position as a centre of sporting excellence in the west of Scotland while continuing to meet the needs of the wider sports community.

“This is great news, not just for Glasgow Warriors, but also for the local clubs and schools who use Scotstoun Stadium – securing a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Mel Young, Chair of sportscotland, added: “It’s fantastic to see the work progressing at Scotstoun. The improvements to the pitch and the athletics throws area will be of huge benefit to the schools, clubs and community users of this fantastic sports facility.

“Sports facilities in Scotland are the best they have ever been and by working in partnership with local authorities and sports governing bodies, as we have done here at Scotstoun, more people will have access to a network of quality places where they can get involved in sport at every level.”

Click here to purchase the last remaining tickets for Glasgow Warriors v Leinster this Saturday (kick-off 3pm)