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Airdrie install artificial pitch at Excelsior Stadium

Airdrie's players are disconsolate against Brechin
Airdrie were relegated in their last competitive fixture on Excelsior's grass

Airdrie United will move towards becoming the fourth Scottish club to play on an artificial pitch when works begin at Excelsior Stadium on Monday.

Alloa Athletic, Montrose and Stenhousemuir presently have artificial surfaces at their grounds.

And Airdrie, who have been relegated to Division Two, will play on a Fifa Grade 2 star third-generation pitch from the start of next season.

Airdrie say it will allow greater use of the stadium and increase income.

They will also hope to escape the type of fixture chaos that followed one of the harshest winters in many years and led to many postponements in the Scottish Football League this season.

Airdrie were relegated to Division Two after losing their play-off semi-final to Brechin City, who subsequently lost the final to promoted Cowdenbeath.

One last match will be played on the grass pitch on Sunday, when present and former players will be involved in a fund-raising game.

Only three clubs presently use artificial surfaces in Scottish senior football, Dunfermline Athletic and Hamilton Academical having reverted back to grass.

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see also
Black coy on his Airdrie future
08 May 10 |  Airdrie United
Airdrie Utd 0-1 Brechin (1-3)
08 May 10 |  Scottish League

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