Hong Kong Football Club is currently considering putting in an artificial all-weather pitch that would allow year-round usage of its facility. General manager Tony Sealy said the club was conducting a feasibility study on laying the 'field turf' at the Sports Road venue. The club will lay the artificial pitch on the training triangle and behind the goals, but the main pitch will be left alone until it gets the go-ahead from the Hong Kong Football Association and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union - the two main users of the facility. 'Until they say it is acceptable, we cannot do much,' said Sealy. Both soccer and rugby representatives have recently gone to Portland, Oregon, to test the surface. 'We sent a senior official and some players to test the product and they came back with a very favourable report,' said Allan Payne, executive director of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. The pitch at Football Club is used by soccer and rugby almost every day during their seasons, which run simultaneously. 'We have two perfectly incompatible sports in terms of the conditions needed to use our pitch,' said Sealy. Inevitably, the grass suffers. While an artificial surface could alleviate most of the problems, Sealy said it was unlikely that one would be in use when the new season commences in September. 'We are still investigating and waiting for a reaction from the rugby and soccer people,' added Sealy. The artificial pitch can be put in place in less than six weeks and, while the initial costs of laying it are believed to be high, in the long run it will apparently be cost effective due to the need for less maintenance.