Work to prepare the pitch for the start of the 2014/15 season is underway.
Contractors moved on site early on Monday morning to start a three day extensive overhaul of the playing surface.
The existing surface will firstly be removed to allow a clean bed, before the pitch is verti-drained. Fibre sand, which will keep the pitch knitted together when the new seed establishes, will be mixed in with the existing surface down to 100mm. This will then be seeded a rolled.
The ground staff will then keep the sprinklers on to get the seed coming through as quickly as possible. They hope to see the first sign of green shoots within 4-5 days of the work being completed.
You can check out the progress of the pitch over the next few days by following us on Twitter - @officiallydale - We'll be tweeting images of the work as contractors go through the different phases.