Blackpool to install undersoil heating after third postponement in a month

Staff worked for 72 hours to try and ready pitch for Boxing Day match
Blackpool are making plans to install undersoil heating after they were forced to postpone their third match in a month as temperatures dropped to -9C on Boxing Day.

Despite hiring industrial heaters to protect the surface, the cold weather proved too much as Ian Holloway's side were forced to postpone yet another game this month.

Their encounters with Tottenham and Manchester United have also fallen victim to the adverse weather, and although all three games have quickly been rearranged for the New Year, the Premier League is growing concerned with the growing back-log of games.

League relegations do not require undersoil heating, but Blackpool have confirmed their plan to install the system in the summer - even if they are relegated.

Club secretary Matt Williams told the Telegraph: "It is our intention that we will install undersoil heating at the end of the season.

"It is not a Premier League regulation and after winning promotion, we concentrated our efforts on making sure our ground met the criteria set down by the Premier League in terms of media facilities and medical facilities.

"That took priority, but it is our intention to install undersoil heating regardless of which league we are in next season."

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