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Matt Ross - AFL Western Victoria, Terry OKeefe - WDCA, Cr Debbie Arnott - Reid Oval Project Control Group Chair, Kyme Rowe - Warrnambool City Council, Mike Farrow - HFNL, Ray Phillips - Warrnambool FNC

The lights are in at Reid Oval

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 13 May 2021

The Reid Oval Redevelopment has reached another major milestone, with the new light towers now installed.

Four 30m towers were craned in and assembled on site before being erected on May 12 and 13.

Reid Oval Project Control Group Chair Cr Debbie Arnott said that lighting at Warrnambool’s premier sporting facility will be rated at 300 lux, which means that the venue will be capable of hosting night-time football and cricket matches.

“The project was required to deliver 200 lux lighting minimum to allow for night football matches, but in reality, this setup will be able to achieve 300 lux, which means we now have the potential to play cricket games at night too,” she said.

“As well as allowing for competitive games at night, the upgrade will greatly improve the safety and comfort of players, officials and spectators. 

“The LED lights provide much more even coverage of light across the ground and glare is minimised due to the height of the poles.

“Along with the playing surface and the pavilion, the lighting upgrade is one of the major components of the Reid Oval Redevelopment, helping to re-establish the facility as the region’s premier sporting ground.”

The lights can also be dimmed during training sessions when 300 lux isn’t needed, which saves on energy costs.

The Reid Oval Redevelopment is a $10.7 million project funded by the Victorian Government (via Sport and Recreation Victoria and Regional Development Victoria), the Warrnambool City Council (via the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme), the AFL (via the Australian Football Facilities Fund) and Cricket Victoria (via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund).


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