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Postby mr six o'clock » Wed 15 Mar 2017 11:38am

Beibers concert last week
Adeles concert this week

Will be interesting to see if we have a beautiful lush green playing surface to start the season , or the usual sandy patchwork quilt !

I realise these concerts would have been booked in a year ago . I just wonder whether the new management will start looking after the game that the stadium was actually built for .
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saintsRrising » Wed 15 Mar 2017 12:33pm

mr six o'clock wrote: , or the usual sandy patchwork quilt !

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The "sandy patchwork quilt" has not been the case since they acquired the "grow lights". The grass is now virtually always in a healthy state with a good healthy thatch, whereas prior to the new lights the curators had indicated that their task was to manage the death of the grass as they could not actually grow it properly.

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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saynta » Wed 15 Mar 2017 1:13pm

saintsRrising wrote:
mr six o'clock wrote: , or the usual sandy patchwork quilt !

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The "sandy patchwork quilt" has not been the case since they acquired the "grow lights". The grass is now virtually always in a healthy state with a good healthy thatch, whereas prior to the new lights the curators had indicated that their task was to manage the death of the grass as they could not actually grow it properly.

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Not the only grass they are used for either.
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby mr six o'clock » Wed 15 Mar 2017 5:13pm

saintsRrising wrote:
mr six o'clock wrote: , or the usual sandy patchwork quilt !

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The "sandy patchwork quilt" has not been the case since they acquired the "grow lights". The grass is now virtually always in a healthy state with a good healthy thatch, whereas prior to the new lights the curators had indicated that their task was to manage the death of the grass as they could not actually grow it properly.

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Last year I went to the melb v saints practice game which was in early feb , a couple of weeks after a concert . From high in the second tier the ground looked Shi thouse , like a sandy patchwork quilt . A month later at our first home game v the doggies it was looking good .
The grow lights are fantastic .
I just hope that a week after a concert , no one gets injured due to a poor surface !
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saintspremiers » Fri 17 Mar 2017 6:18pm

The field may recover, but I doubt the speakers will ever recover from Adele's whining voice.
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saynta » Sat 18 Mar 2017 11:49am

saintspremiers wrote:The field may recover, but I doubt the speakers will ever recover from Adele's whining voice.


I must be getting old. Don't know what the fuss is all about. Never even heard of her before her tour and have never heard her sing.

Staging a concert for her at our stadium just before the season starts really sucks imho.
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Postby stevie » Sat 18 Mar 2017 2:56pm

saintspremiers wrote:The field may recover, but I doubt the speakers will ever recover from Adele's whining voice.


I don't mind her voice - its just the poor selection of songs she uses it on
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby lennyhaze » Sat 18 Mar 2017 4:46pm

saynta wrote:
saintspremiers wrote:The field may recover, but I doubt the speakers will ever recover from Adele's whining voice.


I must be getting old. Don't know what the fuss is all about. Never even heard of her before her tour and have never heard her sing.

Staging a concert for her at our stadium just before the season starts really sucks imho.



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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saintbrat » Sat 18 Mar 2017 10:03pm

Just a mere 75,000 have turned up @EtihadStadiumAU for #Adele - it's our biggest ever crowd!
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Postby saintbrat » Mon 20 Mar 2017 6:55am

And 77,000 last night
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby SemperFidelis » Mon 20 Mar 2017 1:28pm

I'm starting to think we should PANIC!

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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby tony74 » Mon 20 Mar 2017 1:51pm

Clubs been advised they're currently replacing 80% of the playing surface.
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Postby Enrico_Misso » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:03pm

The Gabba had this screamer singing on March 4th and they have determined the surface won't be ready for the womens footy final on Mar 25th.
So that is a THREE week gap.

Docklands has hosted her for the last 2 nights and we are expecting to play in 6 days later.

Sounds like trouble to me.
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby SemperFidelis » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:11pm

tony74 wrote:Clubs been advised they're currently replacing 80% of the playing surface.


I'll concede I'm not much of a gardener, but surely turf needs more than 5 days to "settle in"!? :shock:
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby longtimesaint » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:12pm

tony74 wrote:Clubs been advised they're currently replacing 80% of the playing surface.

How can this be stable in 6 days as the grass just sits on top and takes time to root and weld together.
Seems like a risk of injury so soon after replacing.
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Postby lennyhaze » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:16pm

longtimesaint wrote:
tony74 wrote:Clubs been advised they're currently replacing 80% of the playing surface.

How can this be stable in 6 days as the grass just sits on top and takes time to root and weld together.
Seems like a risk of injury so soon after replacing.



They use such huge and thick blocks that it doesnt need to root and weld together. They are always repacing turf at the G and Etihad. Anyway apart from moving it there isnt a lot of choice. The AFL didnt organise the Adele concert. There wont be any issues at all apart from ot may look funny but we are so spoilt these days we dont even want it to look funny.
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Postby MC Gusto » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:32pm

absolute joke of a stadium. pathetic.

terrible experience at the ground and terrible experience on the ground.

should have taken the MCG option when we had it
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Postby lennyhaze » Mon 20 Mar 2017 2:46pm

MC Gusto wrote:absolute joke of a stadium. pathetic.

terrible experience at the ground and terrible experience on the ground.

should have taken the MCG option when we had it



I don't think we had that option. I love the ground. Reckon many do as well.
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Postby SemperFidelis » Mon 20 Mar 2017 3:18pm

lennyhaze wrote:
longtimesaint wrote:
tony74 wrote:Clubs been advised they're currently replacing 80% of the playing surface.

How can this be stable in 6 days as the grass just sits on top and takes time to root and weld together.
Seems like a risk of injury so soon after replacing.



They use such huge and thick blocks that it doesnt need to root and weld together. They are always repacing turf at the G and Etihad. Anyway apart from moving it there isnt a lot of choice. The AFL didnt organise the Adele concert. There wont be any issues at all apart from ot may look funny but we are so spoilt these days we dont even want it to look funny.


That's gunna be a LOT of thick blocks. Hope you're right!
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Postby Enrico_Misso » Mon 20 Mar 2017 4:57pm

Doesn't the AFL now own Docklands?
So what bright spark agreed to a concert less than a week before round 1?
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby cwrcyn » Mon 20 Mar 2017 5:08pm

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Postby longtimesaint » Mon 20 Mar 2017 5:19pm

The concert date and venue was probably set before the AFL owned the stadium
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Postby mullet » Mon 20 Mar 2017 5:43pm

Enrico_Misso wrote:The Gabba had this screamer singing on March 4th and they have determined the surface won't be ready for the womens footy final on Mar 25th.
So that is a THREE week gap.

Docklands has hosted her for the last 2 nights and we are expecting to play in 6 days later.

Sounds like trouble to me.



"Screamer" you are kidding right? The woman is a squizzillionaire. She has a wonderful voice. Just ask the 150000+ people who saw her over 2 nights.
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby desertsaint » Mon 20 Mar 2017 5:48pm

lennyhaze wrote:
MC Gusto wrote:absolute joke of a stadium. pathetic.

terrible experience at the ground and terrible experience on the ground.

should have taken the MCG option when we had it



I don't think we had that option. I love the ground. Reckon many do as well.

I'm always scratching my head at criticism of etihad. I went for the first time last year and thought it was excellent.
I'm no stadium connoisseur but of similar capacity have been to Twickenham and Old Trafford and thought it was better than both of those. Of course for atmosphere nothing beats an international rugby game at Twickenham.
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Re: Docklands playing surface

Postby saintsRrising » Mon 20 Mar 2017 6:09pm

MC Gusto wrote:should have taken the MCG option when we had it


What option? I thought that the AFL forced us to leave Waverley with Docklands the only option.


Mind you Waverley was too big, too wet and for those going by public transport a nightmare.
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