Floodlight Upgrades at Home Park
With the 20/21 Sky Bet League One season concluded, Home Park’s floodlights will undergo replacement works over the summer.
The Pilgrims’ Board of Directors have approved the significant expenditure at the Theatre of Greens, bringing the new floodlight set up at Home Park to Championship standard.
The club’s Head of Facilities and Supporter Services, John Spreadbridge, explained: “We are aware that our floodlights are not of the standard required to match the ambition of the football club, and that our lux levels [the measure of lighting quality] were not sufficient."
With a decision to be made on infrastructure in line with the club’s long-term objective of becoming a sustainable Championship club, the club opted to futureproof Home Park by investing in a new lighting solution.
John said: “The Board agreed that it would be most efficient to invest in new infrastructure to bring the stadium’s lux levels to Championship standard, with the potential to adapt to Premier League with small adjustments. We had a number of local and national companies provide us with options and the decision was made to go with Musco Lighting.”
Musco Lighting specialises in the design and manufacture of sports and infrastructure lighting solutions around the globe – and its impressive client list includes Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and the home of England’s national rugby side, Twickenham.
The development includes installation of 51 1500kw LED lights arranged in banks on the Lyndhurst Road Stand and the roof of the Mayflower Grandstand, giving the stadium a uniform lux level of Championship standard for a guaranteed 10-year period.
Fans will experience reduced glare from their seats with the new LED lights installed, with the lights atop the Barn Park End no longer required. Alongside greater coverage, the LED lights bring a power saving reduction of approximately 45%.
In addition, the new installation will allow for lights shows at Home Park, enhancing the match-day and event experience at the stadium.
The maintenance work will take place in parallel with the Home Park pitch renovation, and will have no impact on the grounds team’s work on preparing the surface for the 21/22 campaign. The floodlight upgrades will be installed and fully operational ahead of next season.