Lights switched on at the Bay Oval

An aerial view of the Bay Oval, with the lights turned on. Image and video: James Ellis.

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The brand new light towers at the Bay Oval have been switched on for the first time – and the effect is impressive.

Footage supplied to SunLive shows the six towers being turned on in various combinations and intensities.

The drone footage was captured by James Ellis, one of the electrical installers who helped set up the lights on Friday night.

In a post to Facebook, James says it was ‘an awesome project to have been a part of and world first technology for a cricket stadium right here in Tauranga'.

“Bring on the first cricket match in a few weeks.”

Earlier this month, The Weekend Sun spoke with Kelvin James, general manager of the Bay Oval Cricket Trust, as the six-by-51 metre behemoths were lifted into place.

“We have to pinch ourselves,” says Kelvin. “Lots of people tell me they can't believe it's happening in our town. But it's all part of Tauranga growing up.”

Six light towers house 64 lights on each tower for a total of 384 lights, and each light has over 200 individual LEDs.

The lights will be first used in a live match in the McDonald's Super Smash game on Saturday, December 16, when Northern Districts take on Auckland.


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