Lights on for Field of Dreams
IT’S already been dubbed Coffs Coast’s Field of Dreams and soon BCU International Stadium will have the lighting standard of a world-class venue.
Work on the $2.2 million upgrade will be completed in time for a host of scheduled sporting events in January.
Construction company Musco Pty Ltd has used cranes to put in place four new 40-metre high lighting towers.
These structures will supplement the stadium’s six existing 27-metre high lighting poles, making sure the sporting events can be televised in a digital format.
A council spokesperson said once operational, the stadium lighting will have three degrees of intensity.
“The first will be a 200 lux capacity used for amateur events, the 500 lux option will be used for professional matches and the maximum 1500 lux capability is needed for digital television production,” the spokesperson said.
“Choosing between the three levels will be as simple as the flick of a switch.”
With the lighting installed, Australia’s major sporting codes have showed an attitude of “if you build it, we will come”.
South Sydney CEO Shane Richardson told the Advocate sports department he hoped to bring a premiership match to Coffs Harbour.
“We take two home games every year, there’s one in Perth and one that we take to the Central Coast. The one that we play on the Central Coast we’d love to be able to take it here (Coffs),” Mr Richardson said.
AFL media manager Patrick Keane said the lighting upgrade made Coffs Harbour an attractive option for their pre-season competitions, the NAB Cup and the NAB Challenge.
Cricket NSW and A-League soccer club officials have also been informed of Coffs Harbour’s upgraded status as a sporting venue.