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Several Scottish football clubs have artificial surfaces installed in their stadiums. In fact, players like Kilmarnock, Hamilton Accies and Livingston have taken this step in an effort to prevent games from being canceled due to adverse weather conditions.
Scotland is famous for its harsh winters, cold weather and heavy rain, so the move would seem sensible to many, considering that very few clubs in the country can afford underfloor heating.
Livingston has an all-weather pitch, which means that by definition the surface must be suitable for all kinds of weather conditions. However, that does not appear to be the case.
Last month Aberdeen was due to play the West Lothian club and traveled down for the game, only for the referee to leave the match due to a frozen field. The match was re-arranged for last night and once again Aberdeen made the trip to Livingston only to have the match postponed at the last minute. This time the game was canceled due to a soaked court.
The situation is as funny as it is chaotic.
As such, these Scottish football fans have reacted to the incident on social media:
Livingston’s all-weather course is amazing. Freezes in cold and puddles in rain / sleet. Some meteorological surface that is.
– Liam Kelly (@ cfcliamk96) January 13, 2021
Lots of ridiculous things about Scottish football, but Livingston has an all-weather pitch that can’t be used in cold or wet weather should be pretty high up on the list.
– Pablo (@ pault1888) January 13, 2021
“Mr. McInnes, this Livingston ‘all weather’ speech is the most blatant case of fraudulent publicity since my lawsuit against the movie ‘The NeverEnding Story.’ pic.twitter.com/7XyYGgiBv6
– Simpsons SPFL ??????? (@SimpsonsSPFL) January 13, 2021
Livingston’s all-weather court, which froze a couple of weeks ago, is now flooded!
Your game against Aberdeen is OFF … AGAIN!
– Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 13, 2021