Wednesday July 20 2011
Cesena unveil artificial pitch

After newly-promoted Novara, now Cesena have unveiled plans for a new synthetic pitch at the Stadio Manuzzi.

Novara are the only club in Serie A or B to have an artificial pitch, but the Sea Horses have announced they will follow suit.

“This playing surface will guarantee better conditions in any climate and allow us to use the field more regularly without being forced to go elsewhere for our winter training,” explained President Igor Campedelli.

“A pitch with an even surface will favour quicker and more quality football. My decision was also made by thinking of the technical team we are putting together.

“It was therefore not just a financial decision, but also a football one. We will play regularly and train without worrying about rain or snow any more.

“We'll start work after the rugby match between Italy and Japan on August 13. The new pitch will be ready in September for the first home game.”

The field at the Stadio Manuzzi will also change shape, as it will remain 105m long, but go from 63.6m wide to 68m. This conforms with the Serie A standard.

Weather has caused a problem for the northern clubs in recent years and is also a financial burden, as the San Siro pitch is entirely replaced on average four times a year.

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