Northampton County Cricket club began works on building six state-of-the-art floodlights this week.

The project will take eight weeks in total to complete with contractors, Musco Lighting, building foundations for the six 48-metre towers over the next six weeks.

The actual towers and lighting systems will only take two weeks to install leaving plenty of time to spare before the inaugural game.

The Steelbacks’s first match under the new floodlights will be the ECB 40 League tie against Derbyshire at 4.15pm on 7th May.

Mark Tagg, Chief Executive of NCCC said: “This is fantastic news for Northants Cricket. Our development plan is underway, with this the first stage of our vision to make the County Ground one of the best cricket venues in the world.

“All of our midweek games will be under these new floodlights enabling a later start time and making the games more accessible to all.

“Cricket played under lights will be more spectacular, far more entertaining and a boost to Northamptonshire’s sporting legacy.”

Seven games under lights have been confirmed for the 2010 season already.

The County Ground will host a Twenty20 tour match against world champions Pakistan, eight LV= County Championship games, five 40 League group matches and two ‘A’ one-day internationals.


Posted on 02/03/2010