Poor drainage and wet weather increase the susceptibility to damage affecting the quality of the natural turf pitch and will generally cause the grounds to be closed rather than risk widespread damage that cannot be easily repaired.
Currently 38% of existing grounds in NSW have drainage issues. Also, in areas of low rainfall, grounds without irrigation are susceptible to damage as the grass succumbs to lack of water.
Currently 34% of football facilities in NSW have no irrigation. Both drainage and irrigation are two fundamental elements of a football facility that contribute significantly to its quality.