Accies' artificial turf was rated the worse surface among Scotland's 42 senior clubs following a survey of the players.
The 2018-19 season saw the introductions of the New Douglas Park surface, tailored to the same specifications as the Scottish FA's 3G pitch at The Oriam, Scotland's National Performance Centre - a facility the governing body itself describes as 'world class'. When the existing 3G pitch was lifted it exposed an inadequate sub-base which had to be removed and replaced with a new sub-base which included a geogrid mesh, strengthening layer, stone make up, tarmacadam, shockpad and carpet. The short time frame required detailed management and precision logistics to deliver the project with close monitoring throughout the various phases of the build. The head groundsman William Watson commented "We left no stone unturned in our drive to bring the best Sports Facilities Contractor to Hamilton Academical Football Club. Over the past 18 months we have gone through a thorough and rigorous process of data collection and club visits to ensure the correct contractors were appointed for the works. Tony Patterson Sports Grounds stood out and their work here at stadium is testament to their hard work and quality of installation. I would highly recommend Tony Patterson Sports Grounds to anyone requiring a high-quality sports facility.”
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