0 New pitch will be an advantage to Dundee’s style of play

UntitledDundee have splashed out £35,000 to ensure Dens Park has a playing surface fit for the Premiership next season.

Large parts of the pitch have already been dug out and will be relaid in time for the glamour friendly against Manchester City on July 13.

When the new grass is put down, under it will be a state-of-the-art sprinkler system that will help ensure it remains in pristine condition throughout the 2014/15 top-flight campaign.

And so high-tech is it, late night trips to Dens will become a thing of the past for head groundsman Brian Robertson.

"The new sprinkler system is going in under the pitch," explained chief executive Scot Gardiner.

"Over the last few weeks we've done all the work outside of the playing area but we couldn't get in to do the pop-up sprinklers that are going under the pitch until we'd played our final game.

"Thankfully, that was against Dumbarton and not in the play-offs.

"By the time the work's finished, the whole pitch will have been relaid and the new system will make a massive difference in maintaining it.

"It's a computerised system that can come on at any time of the day or night. You just set it and it will come on.

"If the weather changes unexpectedly out of hours, the groundsman can simply reset it from his house.

"It's cost quite a few thousand pounds and I think in total all the work we're doing on that side of things will come to around £35,000.

"We see it is a vitally-important investment. The way Paul Hartley wants the team to play means it's to our advantage to have the best surface possible.

"Generally speaking, the pitch here has always looked good but even at the beginning of this season it was a bit sticky and dry.

"And when you get to the middle of winter, when people would think you don't need sprinklers, you are watering regularly.

"It's a big investment but it is so important we felt we had to do it."

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