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State-of-the-art lighting installed at popular Newcastle football field

State-of-the-art lighting installed at popular Newcastle football field
March 27, 2019
Parks / Sport /

High-quality floodlights equipped with a powerful, energy-efficient beam have been installed at Hamilton South’s Darling Street Oval. The City of Newcastle invested $295,000 into the $400,000 project to provide an improved night-time playing experience for users and sporting clubs, with funding also provided by the NSW Government through the Asian Cup Legacy Fund and Newcastle Olympic SFC.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the installation of the new state-of-the-art lights would enable local sporting clubs, such as Newcastle Olympic SFC, to reclaim the use of the oval after dark, commenting “the LED lights utilise a world first, Australian-designed reflector system which improves lighting performance, delivering a high-powered LED floodlighting experience 40% more efficient than traditional floodlights,."

Newcastle Olympic SFC Chairman Christo Patsan said the lights were an important milestone in the upgrade of Darling Street Oval.

Patsan stated “we’ve been working with City of Newcastle on an overall masterplan for the redevelopment of Darling Street Oval since 2016, so to see the oval under lights is going to be amazing."

Patsan said the upgrades would allow Darling Street Oval to host international sporting events, coaching clinics and tournaments, as well as allow his club, Newcastle Olympic SFC, to host events for the underprivileged.

 He added “the new lights give us the ability to activate the oval for longer periods of time, and also to give back to our community through sporting clinics including events and football clinics for refugee children.” 

Other works at Darling Street Oval include the expansion of the playing field to meet modern standards, renewed sub-soil drainage, water recycling and irrigation, construction of a new grandstand and additional spectator seating around the oval.

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