Windsor's World Cup warm up

Published Thursday, 05 June 2014
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Redevelopment work on Windsor Park is well underway with a little Brazilian World Cup samba style being added to the south Belfast football ground.

Contractors, installing the pitch's undersoil heating, are the same workers who laid the playing surfaces for the upcoming World Cup.

The work is part of the ground's £30m redevelopment which will see the stadium upgraded to an international standard with two new stands and extensive refurbishment carried out to the entire facility.

And once completed the revamped home of Linfield and Northern Ireland will have a capacity of 18,000.

Contracts manager Nick Oldfield said: "It's the same team that worked on the World Cup pitches in Brazil.

"It's a good team, a first class team and one that we need to produce a first class stadium.

"The pitch will be significantly different to what it was and comparable to that of a Premier League ground."

Foreman Bill Reynolds added: "We have just finished eight of the World Cup pitches.

"The pitches had to follow FIFA specifications, but the only difference for us is the weather."

Work on the pitch is expected to be completed by September but it won't be until October next year that the whole stadium is finished.

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South belfast in South belfast wrote (240 days ago):
Have a bit of wit Rod! If you invest in sports, more people will take an interest, more people will play sport, and more people then improve their health! About time the new stadium got underway! Cant wait to watch wee Norn Iron at the new stafium!!
Franco in Belfast wrote (240 days ago):
Wise up Rod, the Health service is very important but people have to enjoy themselves and enjoy their sport in comfort with their family and children, it's good for peoples health to get out and support their chosen sport and meet people for a laugh.
Rod in Portadown wrote (240 days ago):
A waste if public money. invest in the Health Service.
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