It’s high time football clubs got serious about recycling. Rochdale AFC, a team in England’s third division, League One, is doing just that.
Oli Makin, the grounds manager of the Manchester area club, is repurposing marijuana growing lamps, confiscated by police, to help bolster Rochdale’s pitch.
Spotland stadium, which is also home to the Rochdale Hornets rugby league club, gets quite a bit of wear and tear.
Makin told BBC that he got the idea from Notts County FC, who tried the same thing last year.
— Oli Makin (@Olimakin)October 14, 2014
"I can’t thank police enough," Makin told the BBC. "It has saved the club a fortune and the players will be happy, especially the goalkeeper."
Professional grade growing lamps don’t come cheap: they cost between $40,000 and $50,000 apiece.