STADIUM PLAYING SURFACE SAFE DESPITE NEMATODE INFECTION

A programme is underway to treat an infection of the playing surface at Suncorp Stadium.

The field has been infected with nematodes which are microscopic, transparent roundworms that feed on turf roots, weakening the plant structure.

Nematodes are common in hot and humid conditions such as those experienced in south-east Queensland recently. Temperatures on the field reached as high as 47 degrees during March.

Once confirmed, Stadium grounds staff immediately began applying a pesticide to reduce the nematode population and a fungicide to counter root disease caused by the nematodes. They also planted new seed to strengthen the existing turf.

Stadium General Manager, Paul Sergeant, said that there was no overnight fix to the problem.

"Tests have shown that the initial spraying for nematodes has been successful, but it is an ongoing programme and it could be some weeks before the infection is totally eliminated. But despite how it looks, we can assure venue hirers, players and fans that the playing surface is safe", he said.

17 April 2007

Further information:
Greg Adermann
Communications & Memberships Manager
SUNCORP STADIUM
+ 61 (07) 3331 5162