The grass pitches at University Park are renowned across the country as amongst the finest in Scotland.

Many professionals who have visited St Andrews including FC Barcelona, Manchester United FC and regular visitors, Scottish Rugby,  have praised the quality of our outdoor facilities.

Pitches

  • • 7 grass football pitches
  • • 6 grass rugby pitches
  • • 7-a-side football pitches
  • • 2 cricket squares
  • • Lacrosse pitch
  • • Shinty pitch
  • • Ultimate frisbee pitch

Pitch Dimensions:

Pitch dimensions for football and rugby vary from 60-70 metres wide to 100-105 metres long, but can be adjusted to suit the requirements of visiting teams, given prior notice.

Carnegie Fields

The three premium grass pitches that make up the Carnegie Fields are amongst the finest playing surfaces in the country.

Each pitch benefits from a fully-automated, remote controlled Hunter irrigation system equipped with 24 individual sprinklers per pitch for maximum water coverage.

Premium pitch maintenance setup:

  • • Pitch cut height of 22mm for level and uniformed grass sward and playing surface
  • • Pitch inspections and repair as required
  • • Pitch markings and dimensions freshly painted and defined
  • • Water applied to pitches using automatic irrigation system prior to training
  • • Additional watering on individual areas of the pitch as requested
  • • Pitch damage repaired after each training session as required
  • • Pitches cut and rolled after each training session
  • • Pitches irrigated for other training requirements i.e. afternoon sessions as required

West Fields

The West Fields incorporate seven grass pitches; four dedicated to football and three for multi-purpose use.

There is no capacity to irrigate the West Field pitches at the present time.

Pitch maintenance setup:

  • • Pitch cut height of 22mm for level and uniformed grass sward and playing surface
  • • Pitch inspections and repair as required
  • • Pitch markings and dimensions freshly painted and defined
  • • Pitch damage repaired after each training session as required
  • • Pitches cut and rolled after each training session

Annual pitch maintenance programme: 

Height of cut on all pitches is 22mm to produce a level and uniformed grass sward and playing surface.

Pitches are cylinder cut daily using a Jacobson 305-5 unit ride on mower and rolled after most training sessions.

Pitches are overseeded using BAR 7 RPR grass seed mixtures. These offer a combination of performance, wear tolerance and genetic colour that is unparalleled amongst their rivals, resulting in uniform playing surfaces year in year out. 500 tonnes of dune washed sand is applied annually (medium grade), normally after light verti cutting, verti draining and brushing.

This provides uniform playing surfaces and smooth ball roll. Regular soil samples and pH testing allows us to monitor nutrient levels throughout the playing season. 

Applications of Vitax fertilisers 6-2-10 and liquid N plus seaweed applied monthly provide adequate nutrition levels within the soil profile.