12 February 2015 More Sports Fields See the Light

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12 February 2015 More Sports Fields See the Light

Major sporting events will have even more reasons to choose Coffs Harbour’s highly regarded grounds and facilities following the installation of new lights at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park field 2.


After an open tender process, Musco Lighting Australia was awarded the contract.  Musco Lighting also installed the new C.ex Coffs International Stadium lighting in 2011, as well as the lighting on the adjacent No.1 field. 


Funding for the $500,000 lighting project comes from Council’s Section 94 contributions, which are levied on new developments to raise funds for public infrastructure.

Leanne Coad, Council’s International Stadium and Events Manager (Interim) said while there were many benefits for local sportspeople with the extra lighting, there were also great benefits for major events.


“From a major event perspective, the precinct now has an even larger area that can host night-time matches, at up to 200 lux,” said Ms Coad.


“For major events such as the Oztag Junior State Cup coming this February, the National Touch Football championship in March and then the Touch Football World Cup, organisers can play up to four additional fields throughout the evening, allowing them to run more concurrent games and attract more participants to their events.”


The six new, 33.5 metre high lights complement other recent upgrades to the precinct.


These include the recent drainage of the northern warm-up field and the installation of 1500 lux broadcast lights at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in 2011 - a Federal Government funding initiative - which will be used by FOX Sports to broadcast the upcoming NAB Challenge on March 6.


Another benefit of the new lighting system is that it is a ‘green’ product. Over the course of its life it will create 40 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a standard lighting system.