Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
Cricket Ground - Gets New Floodlights.
Durham County Cricket Club have been granted planning permission for the installation of new permanent floodlighting at its Riverside Ground.
Apparently, these new floodlights are needed to meet the standards required to attract international cricket matches.
The Durham County Cricket Club’s ground is on a provisional shortlist to stage games during the 12th Cricket World Cup to be held in England and Wales in 2019.
However, to remain on this shortlist, the club needs to demonstrate that the ground either has permanent floodlighting to the correct standard or has planning consent for their erection.
The proposals were for six in number 55 metre high floodlight pylons for the use on a maximum 20 dates during the cricket season.
To put the height of these floodlight pylons into perspective, they will be 5 to 6 metres higher the the Parish Church Spire and are expected to be visible across the town as well as affecting the view of Lumley Castle, which is an important feature of the ground.
These floodlights are said to be an essential requirement if Durham County Cricket Club wish to host World Cup Matches as well as other major cricket events such as day/night one-day internationals and T20 matches.
A number of older grounds such as Old Trafford and Headingley have undergone multi-million pound redevelopments to keep pace with new international venues.
The 2019 World Cup which has been controversially reduced to a 10 nation contest, will run from May 30th to July 15th 2019.
Details of the floodlight plans can be viewed at: www.durhamccc.co.uk - or just CLICK on the link below:
Some examples of the Floodlighting Towers from various view points.
An example drawing of a tower showing the overall dimensions.
Photograph taken during a late night cricket match on 22nd May, 2015