Melbourne Cricket Ground - Turf works on in earnest
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Turf works on in earnest

Mar 17, 2014

The MCG arena on March 16, 2014Arena staff are busily transforming the MCG from a cricket ground to a football oval ahead of the stadium's first AFL match on Thursday March 27 between Richmond and Carlton.

Ten portable pitches were removed from the centre of the MCG overnight on March 14, 15 and 16, replaced by sand and turf in readiness for AFL action.

The Bushrangers finished their commitments at the MCG on Friday March 14.

While the MCG was on standby to host the Sheffield Shield final (March 21-25), the Bushrangers failed to make the final, leaving the MCG free to prepare for football.

Portable pitch removal includes Melbourne Cricket Club obtaining a permit from VicRoads to close Brunton Avenue overnight to allow access for equipment to move them back to their winter home in Yarra Park.

Three or four pitches can be moved in one night. Each pitch weighs 30 tonnes, with the machine required to move it weighing the same.

Sight screens will also have to be removed, lines painted, goal posts installed and the dressing rooms converted from cricket to football - just another week in the life of a very versatile stadium.

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