Countdown begins to Chesterfield switch on
‘Spireites’ get a taster of Floodlit Football.
Derbyshire: November 2010
Abacus Lighting has carried out the successful testing of an iconic new floodlighting system at the brand new home of Chesterfield Football Club, the b2net Stadium.
The new floodlights are part of a £13 million development which sees Chesterfield FC move from its old Saltergate ground to the 10,500-seater stadium located at Whittington Moor.
Abacus was contracted to provide a full turnkey floodlighting solutions package for the main pitch and car park.
The main pitch has been lit with four of Abacus’ patented base hinged masts carrying 56 Challenger® 3 floodlights. Lit to 500 lux, the system has the built in flexibility to be upgraded to 1000 lux should the ‘Spireites’ be lucky enough to progress further up the league in future seasons.
Richard Walters Managing Director of Addooco IT Services, a supporter as well as the Club’s IT partner, said: “The initial test of the lights at the b2net stadium just whets your appetite for the time, later this year, when we will be able to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that comes from a football match played under floodlights.”
Chesterfield Community Trust member Pete Whiteley said: “There is something iconic when the floodlights are switched on as a football stadium suddenly becomes visible from so many vantage points across the city.”
Chesterfield FC’s Saltergate ground is famous for being one of the oldest football stadiums in England. Abacus’ Sports Lighting Manager, Neil Johnson, commented: “Abacus has had a long association with Chesterfield FC as we supplied and installed their floodlight upgrade at Saltergate in the mid 1990’s. We are pleased that this association will continue into the future and wish the club the best of luck in their new home.”
The final commissioning of the floodlights is due to be completed in July ahead of the Carling Cup games later in the summer.