Rochdale to use dome to protect pitch for Tottenham
Rochdale will use a plastic dome full of hot air to make sure their new pitch at Spotland Stadium is ready for their FA Cup tie with Tottenham on Sunday.
The League One club are laying a new surface this week after months of bad weather in Lancashire finally proved too much, causing last weekend's home game against Fleetwood to be called off.
Contractors have been working round the clock to do the work and it is understood that the pitch will be finished by Tuesday night.
Rochdale will use a dome to ensure the new Spotland Stadium pitch is ready for Tottenham
Pictures show how new turf has been rolled out over the pitch ahead of the Spurs clash
At that point a huge plastic dome will be erected over the whole area to prevent further weather damage.
This will then be pumped full of warm air to help the grass knit together with Rochdale very confident now that the game against Tottenham will go ahead.
Rochdale's players are actually intending to train on the new surface on Friday ahead of Sunday's game.
The League One side had to postpone their match against Fleetwood at the weekend
Rochdale's players could train on the pitch on Friday to prepare for Tottenham's visit
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed concerns about the state of the old pitch and will be kept informed of developments in Lancashire as his team prepare to face Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Tottenham reached the fifth round of the FA Cup after defeating Newport County after a reply.