Hampden pitch to be re-laid – again
Queen’s Park’s Hampden Park pitch will be re-laid once again just five weeks after it was replaced at a cost of around £200,000 for the League Cup final.
National Stadium chiefs confirmed minutes after Rangers’4-0 Petrofac Training Cup final win over Peterhead on Sunday that they were re-laying the surface .
Rangers boss Mark Warburton and Peterhead manager Jim McInally were unimpressed with the standard of the pitch.
It will be the fifth time in seven years new turf is laid and it has just three days to knit before Hibs face Dundee United in the first Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Queen’s Park’s final home league game will come a week after Sunday’s Old Firm cup tie, when they face Clyde.
Hampden Park Ltd managing director Peter Dallas said:“Regrettably, it became evident that rye grass in certain strips had not grown as expected.
“Given the recent six-figure investment, we expressed our concerns and reached agreement a new surface would be re-laid at no cost to HPL.”