Parra Stadium surface cleared for Heritage Round

Parramatta has been given conditional approval to play the Men of League Heritage Round game against Manly at Parramatta Stadium at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 31.

The approval is subject to the Parramatta Stadium Trust completing a rectification program that will see 2,000 square metres of the Stadium playing surface replaced.

Australian Rugby League Commission General Manager of Football Operations, Mr Nathan McGuirk, met with representatives of Parramatta, Manly, the Chief Executive of the Rugby League Players’ Association, Mr David Garnsey, and the Parramatta Stadium Trust at Parramatta Stadium today, following complaints about the playing surface on Friday night.

“The problem with the surface has been caused largely by weather and it has affected the ground’s ability to recover from the matches earlier this year,” Mr McGuirk.

“It wasn’t really until Friday night that it became apparent that the surface was not holding up as it would in normal circumstances.

“Given that there was no way we could see it recovering in time for this week’s game it was important that action was taken.

“The Stadium has been very keen to address the issue and has confirmed this evening that it can relay the 2000 square metre surface area between now and Saturday evening.

“The process is similar to what happens at other major stadiums in replacing turf and it is not at all unusual to be able to play on the new surface in a short space of time.”