Hunter Stadium pitch upgrade in full-swing ahead of Asian Cup

Works have begun on the surface at Hunter Stadium as part of the $1.25 million upgrade to have the pitch ready in time for January’s Asian Cup.

Following the completion of the NRL season over the weekend, the excavators have moved in immediately to rip-up the grounds decade-old surface.

The new turf is currently being grown on a farm in western Sydney, and will then be trucked in once the ground is prepared.

The venue’s pitch hasn’t had a major upgrade for over a decade, leading to heavy criticism of the surface quality over the past few Hyundai A-League seasons.

But this makeover of the Newcastle Jets home ground should bring the pitch back up in-line with the rest of the competition as well as be in top condition for the Asian Cup.

Crews have been given an eight-week window to complete the new 11,000 square-metre surface.

"We have one of the best equipped venues here in the country, and this is the piece that really needed to go along with it," stadium general manager Bicci Henderson told the Newcastle Herald.

"This is a professional sporting ground, it deserves a professional pitch."