Manuka Oval has held its first day-night international cricket match, the first in Canberra’s history. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who attended to watch a Prime Ministers XI versus West Indies, said: “The lights are a tribute to modern Canberra”.
The new lighting levels mean that the stadium will be able to welcome both Australian Rules Football and cricket matches.
The floodlighting system was installed by UK lighting company, Abacus. Some 180,000kgs of lighting structure were tranported to meet the installation deadline ahead of the switch-on. The sea freight shipment consisted of 20 containers and two large custom steel pallets were sent by air.
Ron Maginness, Project Manager of the Manuka project commented:
Unquestionably the design outcome of Manuka is outstanding and sets new standards for sports lighting throughout the world. It is a credit to the fabrication team at Abacus in the UK that the on-site assembly went together like clockwork, and a credit to the on-site team for their dedication to the task and strong work ethic. It has been a privilege to be part of the team and I thank Abacus for their outstanding efforts.
Picture: courtesy Abacus Lighting