INSTALLATION of the four new 40-metre steel poles for the upgraded floodlights at BCU International Stadium started yesterday.
In June this year, the Federal Government announced that a $2.2-million grant had been given to Coffs Harbour City Council to improve the lighting at the stadium to digital TV standard.
Construction work at the stadium began on November 17 and work is expected to be completed in February.
Just in time for the NRL and AFL pre-season matches that are being played at the stadium.
“This new $2.2-million lighting system is taking the stadium into the digital TV age and will be installed in plenty of time for the Rabbitohs v Titans game on February 19,” Coffs Harbour City Council mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said.
“The new light poles will rapidly become a local landmark – one that shows that Coffs Harbour has the sporting facilities to attract the highest level of sport.
“The AFL announcement that we’ll be hosting an NAB Challenge game next year is a direct result of the improvements.”
The four new 40-metre poles will supplement the six existing 27m poles which will remain.
The new lights will be able to be switched between 200 lux for amateur matches, 500 lux for professional games and 1500 lux for digital television broadcasts.
Council is also boasting that the lights will also feature energy-efficient lighting technology that will greatly reduce the stadium’s electricity usage and greenhouse emissions.