Building work on CERN's new cricket ground at Prevessin has been completed, as CERN's John Osborne reports.
"CERN held a concert at the end of last summer (2013) to celebrate the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. Unfortunately, the festivities were held on the cricket pitch and some of the outfield was damaged during the concert !
This triggered renovation work of the facilities. A new, wider artificial strip (3m wide by 30m long) and a second practice strip have been created. A civil engineer from CERN, and cricket club
groundsman, who normally looks after the underground tunnel network, has taken care to ensure that these works have been executed correctly.
Firstly, two 30cm deep strips were excavated and the earth replaced with a compacted crushed stone, then a 5cm layer of tarmac was carefully laid to ensure a smooth surface.
The new mat was purchased from a UK based company (Monkhouse, Cheshire) and will be screwed down onto the tarmac.
Grass seeding works for the damaged outfield and around these excavation works has been done, and the first match on the new pitch is planned for July 2014"
The total cost for these improvement works is estimated to be in the region of CHF25K.