Originally Posted by Wise Man Says
Watching Wimbledon (Centre Court) last week and hearing about QPR's planned new stadium got me thinking.
Given how bad our pitch gets in winter, how feasible is it that we put a retractable roof on the SOL?
It could be worth looking into IMO, it would make our pitch much nicer and the SOL much warmer for spectators.
Roker Park was far more exposed to the elements and was one of the best playing surfaces in the country.
So the problem lies either with the composition of the playing surface, how its being looked after, or both.
A retractable roof may not be technically possible, as the structure may not be able to accept the additional weight without major structural strengthening works.
Either way, the cost would probably be prohibitive.