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Pitch work starts at Welford Road

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Work is underway to prepare the Welford Road pitch for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.The home of Leicester Tigers hosted the final rugby action of the season on Friday with companies from across the country taking part in the National Corporate Sevens.   Now Tigers head groundsman Steve Packwood and his team, with the help of Cosby-based Hewitt Sportsturf, have swung into action to prepare the pitch for next year.   The problematic area in front of the Holland & Barrett Stand is being dug out and the top will be taken off the rest of the pitch before it is relayed.   The pitch work is going on at the same time as the redevelopment of the West Stand. The buildings which formed the Clubhouse End of the ground have all been demolished and the rubble is now being taken away.   Tigers are working closely with architects AFL and contractors Buckingham on the development, which will feature 3,000 seats including a premium season ticket lounge known as The Clubhouse, plus club offices and public concourse. It will take stadium capacity to 26,000.   Season tickets in all areas of the stadium, including the new stand, are available for 2015/16 now. There are bronze, silver and gold seats in the new stand, plus a limited number of Tiger Seats available at the same rate as terrace season tickets. Click here for more season ticket information or contract the Tigers ticket office in person or phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2). There is a new section of the club website with updates and photo galleries from the redevelopment work, and a third webcam has now been added so you can keep up with the work. Click here to see the new section on the club website with webcams and photo galleries during the work. Or click here to view the virtual tours of the stadium and clubhouse.