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Pitch Damaged After Concert

Pitch Damaged After Concert: Pundit Michael Stewart has revealed his dismay at the condition of Hearts’ pitch after the club hosted an Edinburgh Festival concert a week ago today.

The damage appears to have been done when the stadium was the venue for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3. It saw a crowd of more than 15,000 arrive in Gorgie to witness the official opening of the world renowned arts festival.

Pitch Damaged After Concert

Hearts laid the state-of-the-art hybrid pitch at a cost of £1m in March and Stewart took to Twitter to register his displeasure at it’s apparent poor health.

He said: “What a crying shame the Tynecastle park looks like this.

“Have spoken with the groundsmen and thankfully they seem to be comfortable that the park will recover and quickly. Fingers crossed.

“£1million spent last year on this park and it was tremendous. The groundsmen deserved huge credit and now it looks destroyed before the league campaign has even started here.”

Hearts released a statement on Tuesday after pictures emerged on social media showing the apparent extent of damage done to the pitch by the Festival event.

The statement said: “Prior to agreeing to host the concert, we took advice from a number of expert sources, including the companies involved in laying the pitch.

“Our pitch consultants, STRI Group, were contracted to advise and manage the pitch protection process on our behalf, working throughout with our own groundstaff.

“We have always known that the event would have an impact on the aesthetics of the pitch, however, there would be no impact on its playability.

“In short, there have been no unforeseen issues relating to the pitch and the first team will train on it, as usual, on Friday.”

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Golf Greens Damaged

Golf Greens Damaged: Two greens at the Beverley Park Golf Course suffered from a case of vandalism over the Easter weekend.

Between the close of play on Easter Saturday evening and Easter Sunday morning vandals  damaged the 5th and 12th greens near the Targo Road boundary.

Golf Greens Damaged

“It looks like the greens have been raked with a metal or wooden stake,” Mr Bates said.

The damage has been estimated at around $1800. St George Police have been informed.

“The additional repair work is yet another burden for the overworked five-member course staff, their budget and hectic work schedule,” Mr Bates said.

The club has lodged a development application to erect a 2.1-metre railing fence around the perimeter of the golf course which is being opposed by Beverley Park residents.

The club has said the fence is necessary to stop vandalism, anti-social behaviour and golfers using the course without paying which has caused the club to lose $55,000 a year in green fees.

The residents say the fence will see the removal of about 156 trees and bar access to the golf course which as Crown Land should be accessible to the public.

They say CCTV and extra security could be used to stop any vandalism.

The club said there is a small parcel of land that is Crown Land and the council owns the rest with the lease saying the club will not give right of way across the premises.

The development application is before Georges River Council for a decision.

“The club has had enough of the ongoing damage to the course, losing over $100,000 per annum due to people hopping over the old dilapidated wooden logs at the back end of the course and playing for nothing, as well as the ongoing damage and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Bates said.

“All other courses in the St George district and the shire have security fences erected for obvious reasons and we want to bring Beverley Park into line with them.

“Like any business which services more than 50,000 games a year and costs more than $900,000 to maintain, we need to ensure it is locked up and kept safe during the night.”

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