30 Jul 2009

More artificial turf to beat Dunedin weather

11:47 am on 30 July 2009

Dunedin City Council is considering using artificial turf at some of its main sports grounds after winter weather caused the cancellation of hundreds of rugby and football matches.

Two artificial hockey pitches installed at Logan Park have been a big success in the city, enabling games to continue in all conditions.

Council spokesperson Harold Driver says expanding the number of artificial pitches to encompass other sporting codes could allow matches to be played whatever the weather.

Mr Driver says the council does not want to to do away with grass fields altogether, but is keen to have artificial pitches help make better use of available playing spaces.