This Friday evening, as they gaze down from their £180,000 hospitality box towards the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium, the distinguished event-goers from the Welsh Government might pause to wonder whether the £1.7 million they gave to the WRU to install the new “state-of-the-art” pitch was worth it.
Welsh taxpayers paid for that hospitality box and that pitch. Some of us have been wondering whether this was money well spent.
It turns out that the Welsh Government don’t seem to know whether it was money well spent or not.
Back in November they were more than happy to shout about their “investment” in the new turf.
But in spite of numerous Freedom of Information requests since then, they’re not too keen to tell us how they came to the decision to hand over £1.7 million of our money to the WRU. Or whether they will ever be able to tell if it was worth it.
On the face of it, the pitch looks a little threadbare. Rather like the responses we’ve had from the Welsh Government so far.
What we do know is that no notes or minutes were taken in any meetings held between Welsh Government officials, Assembly members and the WRU. This is quite astonishing when you consider the sums of public money which are involved.
So when you’re watching the game on Friday, take a look at that pitch, and think of the folk munching on prawn sandwiches in that hospitality box.
Is it money well spent? I guess we’ll never know.