Adequate lighting for football fields is now an essential element in the ongoing viability of any venue.
While community football clubs are unlikely to need the standard of lighting required for televised matches, nearly all clubs need to be able to light their grounds so players of all ages can train safely and effectively at night, or even late afternoon in winter.
Some clubs and associations also want the option of playing games at night and it is important the correct level of lighting is chosen for the particular need of each playing field and consideration is made of the possible future use of the venue.
As the majority of football fields in NSW are controlled by local government it is essential clubs and associations planning to install or update lights liaise closely with their relevant council.
There are many considerations to be made when going through the process such as thorough planning, contract price, life-cycle operating costs, compliance to Australian standards, safety of all users and the impact on nearby residents.