Floodlighting on Base-Hinged Masts
Sports Floodlighting and Base-Hinged Masts from Abacus light up World Cup qualifier
Grand Cayman: April 2008
Abacus floodlighting at the Truman Bodden Stadium has been used to light the World Cup qualifying match between Grand Cayman and Trinidad & Tobago. The complete system of floodlights and base-hinged masts was manufactured, installed and commissioned by Abacus Lighting.
The Truman Bodden Stadium is the national stadium of Grand Cayman and previously had floodlighting on fixed masts. However this was completely destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. When plans were made for the stadium to be rebuilt and floodlighting replaced, Abacus base-hinged masts were the perfect solution.
The base-hinged masts can be lowered to ground level and are therefore ideal when avoiding the onslaught of passing hurricanes. They were originally designed to enable simple and safe maintenance as they remove the need for ladders and lifting equipment, and are operated using a mobile hydraulic unit.
In total four 38m masts were installed along with 150 floodlights. The floodlighting was designed to an average of 500lux using the Challenger® 3 2kW floodlights. The Grand Cayman Government are so impressed by the system they plan to have Abacus base-hinged masts installed into all their outdoor sporting venues.
As for the football match, Grand Cayman lost 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate).
However there was a great atmosphere, with an opening ceremony complete with entertainment, fireworks and prayers before the game.