Aerial time-lapse of new Tottenham Hotspur stadium

As fans of English Premier League soccer side Tottenham Hotspur FC await completion of their new state-of-the-art stadium, the club has released a time-lapse of how the 61,559-seater venue in London, UK, which is expected to cost over £1bn (US$1.37bn), has taken shape over the course of 2017.

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Southend United unveils fly-through video Of Fossetts Farm development

English soccer club Southend United FC has released a video showcasing the new Fossetts Farm project, a multi-use development which will include a new 21,000-seat stadium for the League One side.

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Salford City is pitch perfect

Salford City’s stadium groundsman Danny Huffman has revealed just how much hard work goes into keeping a stadium pitch in immaculate condition.

“It’s no nine to five,” says Huffman, who has worked at the Salford City stadium for the past 24 years. “You find yourself constantly checking the weather forecast and if needs be I’ll be back at the stadium during the night to make sure it’s covered over if necessary.”

Over the years, Huffman has been asked to create a variety of designs on his pitches. “I never want to go over the top, really a pitch should just look good in the background and not take away from the main focus of the game,” he says.

With the arrival of Sale Sharks to Salford City Stadium, Huffman is prepared for a busy season ahead.

“Unlike other grounds, there’s no end of season for us, which means a lot of wear and tear on the pitch,” he explains. “We’re working all the time to keep the pitch up to scratch – this means a lot of seeding in-between games.”

“September is going to be a very busy time for us with the crossover of matches between the Reds and Sharks. Having two games back to back means we’ll be working round-the-clock to make sure it’s fit for playing.”

Having spent a few years working at the Sharks former ground, Edgeley Park, Huffman is familiar with the work union games bring, and with help from his two assistants, son Connor and new apprentice Josh, he is well positioned to keep his ‘perfect pitch’ reputation.

“Each code of rugby has different elements of wear and tear on a pitch,” says Huffman. “With Rugby Union, it tends to be the re-setting of the scrums, which brings up the most turf and requires the most attention. However, Rugby League tends to generate more of an ‘H’ shaped pattern, which you get used to repairing on a daily basis.”

The Sale Sharks kicked off their new season at Salford City Stadium with a pre-season friendly against Leinster on 24 August, which ended in a 10 -10 draw.


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