Leicester pitch hits the headlines

Pitch patterns at Leicester City FC

The pitch at Leicester's King Power Stadium hit the headlines before the team even stepped out on it yesterday (April 24th),  thanks to another amazing design.

Foxes' head groundsman John Ledwidge and his team pulled off an incredibly intricate design of regular thick horizontal lines but with additional thinner zig-zag lines added to create various triangular shapes.

The design caught the eye of the press, making headlines before the team eventually ran out 4-0 winners against Swansea.

Sean Gibson in The Telegraph asked:'Will Leicester's mad pitch design help or hinder their title tilt?'  He said: "If Leicester City's attempts to secure a first-ever top-flight title are too tense to be enjoyable for their fans, the groundsman is doing his best to inject a little bit of fun into the Premier League run-in with a unique pitch design."

He went on to ask: "Will the new design help ease the pressure, or will the strange lines prove to be a distraction in what is one of the most important games in Leicester's history?"

The Sun described the pitch as 'sending Twitter into meltdown' and joked that with the design Leicester had found 'a new way to bamboozle defenders'.

Various users on Twitter said of the pitch it was a 'masterpiece', it 'looks insane', it's 'art' and 'the groundsman deserves a medal'.

We say very done indeed John and the team! Anything which gets such a positive and excited buzz around groundsmanship is superb in our book!

First published on Turf Pro digital news bulletin, 25 April 2016