Yay or Nay
I know there’s plenty support for only grass pitches on these boards.
However, I don’t think the SPFL can outright ban the surface as it would likely cause a financial meltdown for those already with one. Livingston and Hamilton would be faced with a high cost returning grass in their parks [£750,000 each?]
That would cripple these clubs. And certainly, cancel any transfer funds and spell relegation in their near futures; making the investment a bad one. Plastic pitches are accepted in the lower leagues after all.
Any club already with a plastic pitch simply cannot afford to change it. But some players cannot play on the surface. Others struggle to deliver their best performances on it. So, the plastic pitch is hurting the image of top-flight football here and in leagues the world over.
Should the surface be banned from the top flight in Scotland?
As an alternate solution, there was talk about revamping Hampden, or changing it altogether. What if the national stadium was built with a few extra grass pitches in it’s grounds in a big revamp and the cost was split over all the clubs in the top two flights and led by the SPFL/SFA? Any club with a home ground and plastic pitch would be requested to use the national ground pitches, which would be grass.
At least two would be required at first.
Teams using the pitches could help to pay for maintenance in a new national ground.
Then no single club is lumbered with the initial outlay to upgrade. And the risk of relegation and continued burden could be removed from any single club. A team looking towards promotion wouldn’t be forced into planning for drastic costly changes immediately.
I think it would be appropriate including a clause making any club a member in the Scottish Premiership for three consecutive seasons with a plastic pitch to make it necessary to submit plans and business case for an upgrade to a grass pitch within a specified time period.