Abacus and Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Partnership agreement announced.
Leeds: May 2015
Abacus is pleased to announce the official signing of our partnership agreement with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Over the last 12 months, this innovative and iconic floodlighting solution has gone from the drawing board to seeing the first floodlit T20 match take place at Headingley in May 2015.
Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Andy Dawson said: “Abacus have been thoroughly professional and efficient throughout the installation programme and we are delighted to welcome them as Club Partners.
It‘s very exciting to be moving into a new era at Headingley and floodlights being available for the forthcoming season are the first step. They will ensure that our members and guests can continue to watch high quality cricket when natural light deteriorates as well as ensuring we are meeting ICC specifications to remain an international venue of choice.”
Abacus has been an international leader in exterior and stadium lighting for over 55 years and our impressive cricket portfolio includes Yorkshire’s rivals Lord’s (London), The Kia Oval (London), Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Green Park Cricket Stadium (India), Manuka Oval (Australia) which is currently hosting a number of Cricket World Cup 2015 matches and the Kensington Oval (Barbados) where the England team played their third and final Test of their West Indies tour on 1 May 2015.
Pictured (l-r) Steven Patterson (YCCC), James Brunt (Abacus) and Andrew Hodd (YCCC)
Steve Lamb, Managing Director of Abacus Lighting said: “Abacus is thrilled to announce our partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. From initial design concepts to witnessing the iconic White Rose headframes lighting up the first floodlit match, Abacus has produced a world class floodlighting solution that will serve the club for many years to come.
Now for the first time, cricket can be played at YCCC into the evenings opening up the calendar for more cricket and outdoor practice, which can only be good for both the game and the fans.
It has been a pleasure to work with YCCC and I look forward seeing the great cricket that will result from this partnership.”
YCCC’s floodlights stand a towering 56 metres over the Headingley stadium, with the headframes designed to resemble the famous White Rose of Yorkshire. There are four separate masts situated around the cricket bowl, each one aimed to allow light to reach all areas of the outfield whilst preventing any light overspill onto the surrounding neighbourhood. Each of the four head frames carry 108 Abacus Challenger 3 floodlights weighing 20 kilograms per floodlight. The masts had to be designed to not only carry the weight, but also withstand the rigours of the English weather for many years to come.
Development began in earnest in March 2014, when the idea was initially put to tender. Abacus was successful in its bid and development of the masts began towards the end of Summer 2014.
Headingley’s first match played under the new floodlights was the NatWest T20 Blast match against Derbyshire Falcons on Friday 15th May, in which the Yorkshire Vikings took a 7 wicket win.