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
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
“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.