Pitch (sports field)

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A pitch or a sports ground is an outdoor playing area for various sports. The term is used in British and Australian English; the comparable term in American English is playing field. In most sports,[citation needed] the official technical term is field of play, although this is not regularly used by those outside of refereeing/umpiring circles.

In the sport of cricket, the cricket pitch refers not to the entire field of play, but to the section of the field on which batting and bowling take place in the centre of the field. The pitch is prepared differently from the rest of the field, to provide a harder surface for bowling.

A pitch is often a regulation space, as in an association football pitch.

Fields of play[edit]


Football pitch [1]

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Baseball field (or diamond)

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Basketball court

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Camogie, Gaelic football,
and hurling pitch

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Cricket pitch [2]

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Hockey field [3]


Ice hockey rink [4]

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Rugby pitch

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Speed skating rink

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Tennis court

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Velodrome (Track Cycling)

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Bandy rink

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