Boro Game Should Go Ahead Wednesday, 8th Feb 2012 20:10
Town are confident that, as things currently stand, Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough will go ahead, despite the snowy weather in recent days with the Portman Road pitch having been covered for a week to protect it from the elements.
The club will be using the heated blowers under the tent which covers the surface in the run up to Saturday’s game.
A Town spokesman told TWTD: “As things stand, we’re confident the game will go ahead, but we are aware that the weather is forecast to deteriorate before the weekend.”
With reports that temperatures in East Anglia could drop as low as -10°C, it’s worth keeping an eye on developments between now and Saturday.
Let's hope it goes to extra time tonight and our game goes ahead. Not long for Boro to recover and prepare. And glad that jutkiewitz has scored his first goal tonight. Firsts always seem to happen to us.
You can have all the under soil heating, covers and blowers in the world, but unless you can clear all the ice and snow from all the roads leading to the stadium, then there is every chance that Officer Plod will deem it's a health and safety issue, and call the game off!!!
As Middlesbrough are drawing rather than winning at the moment, have a few injuries and have played 120 minutes in tonight's FA Cup game, Saturday is a very good time to play them. Let's hope it is not called off!
Maybe the cold weather will put some people off coming. My worry is that the attendance won't be much higher than usual and the club will use this as a reason not to reduce ticket prices in future.
I'm always worried when a team is on a bad run and their next game is against us, there's only so long the run can go on for. They're in the play offs for a reason, so its no guaranteed result.
One encouraging thing for me is though, GENERALLY we defend well against the big, lump type strikers, as opposed to the small nippy strikers like Phillips. Not saying Jukevitz is useless but I think we can handle him, as long as Tommy doesn't let himself get bullied, and he did all right against Cole last week so...
They can't put in undersoil heating at Portman Road because it was built on an old rubbish dump and if you dig about 5 metres down you will find old carpets and beds etc, would be way to costly for the board to give the go ahead, lets face we haven't bought any players yet because they have just replaced the pie machines and coffee pots in the pie shops... i.e player budget gone.
5 metres? How deep do you wanna go? Undersoil heating would only be a few inches below the ground. Only wanna heat the pitch not half of Ipswich. Seriously though doesn't matter whether the pitch is playable or not if the area around the the ground is in any way dodgy as the plod would then say its a health and safety issue.