CRICKET: Floodlights would help attract world class cricket to Bristol
5:48pm Tuesday 8th July 2014 in Sport
GLOUCESTERSHIRE CCC are pitching hard to turn the County Ground in Bristol into a world class cricket venue.
To that end they are about to put in for planning permission to construct six floodlight columns.
Without floodlights there would be no hope of being chosen as a venue, for example, for Cricket World Cup matches in 2019.
They are making their plans available for public scrutiny at the County Ground on three dates later this month.
Will Brown, chief executive of Gloucestershire CCC said: “The club has already been massively improved over the last 18 months and we are very grateful to local people for their patience while this work has been carried out. "However, in order to secure the club’s presence here in the heart of Bristol, we need the ability to host the really big matches.
“If we want to bid to host Cricket World Cup and other major matches, we need floodlights. This is a requirement of the England and Wales Cricket Board, brought in recently to ensure the high levels of light required for evening matches and television broadcasts.
"Most large clubs around the country already have these in place, so they have a real advantage over us.
“Bristol is a world class city in many ways, but it currently lacks international sporting facilities. Bringing floodlights to the ground would not only give us a chance to host some of the 2019 Cricket World Cup matches, but also others such as international T20s, One-Day Internationals, the ICC Champions Trophy and the One-Day Women’s Cricket World Cup, next being held in 2017. This would be great for sport in Bristol, but also great for tourism, traders and the City’s worldwide profile.”
If floodlights are installed, the Club will also be able to host its occasional summer Friday evening matches slightly later at 7.00pm. This should ease traffic congestion around the ground by avoiding traffic build-up at rush hour as well as allowing residents plenty of time to return home after work.
Ahead of submitting its plans for floodlights to Bristol City Council, the club will be holding a public exhibition at the Bristol County Ground to display the plans. There will be computer-generated images showing the position of the floodlights and the team will be on hand to answer any questions.
The Club hopes to submit a planning application to Bristol City Council later this year.
The public consultation will be held at the Bristol County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ on: Friday, July 18 (3pm - 8pm); Monday, July 21 (5pm - 7pm) and Saturday, July 26 (11am - 2pm).