Abacus Kent County Cricket Club deal

Abacus Lighting has signed a contract with Cardy Construction to supply and install floodlighting at Kent County Cricket Club (Kent CCC) ground at Canterbury.

The £1.4 million contract will see Abacus install five of its unique state-of-the-art telescopic masts at the ground allowing floodlit cricket games, the possibility of television coverage for matches and ultimately attracting bigger crowds to the ground.

‘We see floodlighting as a big opportunity for Kent CCC – not least in terms of televising matches due to the high quality of the floodlights, but also in terms of attracting big crowds,’ comments Jamie Clifford, Chief Executive, Kent CCC.


‘We can now look forward to hosting evening matches that will help encourage a different audience such as families – as well as bigger crowds than we expect with earlier match start times.


‘In addition, we have had problems with temporary lights at Canterbury having had two fixtures curtailed as a result of windy conditions.  Permanent state-of-the-art telescopic floodlighting means that the ground is match-ready as long as it doesn’t rain.’


Abacus has already begun manufacturing the masts each with 60 Challenger 3 floodlights to provide 2000 lux over the wicket maintained lighting level. When in situ, the masts will fully extend to 38 metres and retract to 23 metres maximising the light within the ground for floodlit cricket matches.


‘The telescopic masts are unique to Abacus, comply with ECB guidelines and have been instrumental in helping Kent CCC gain important planning applications. When not in use, the masts will retract to a lower height which ensures that they have less visual impact on the surrounding residential area – an enormous plus-point for the city council when considering the planning application,’ explains Paul Wilson, UK Sports Lighting Sales Director, Abacus Lighting.


‘Our masts have been installed in many of the UK’s cricket grounds helping cricket clubs to maximise business opportunities by attracting new and larger audiences to the game of cricket.’

In the last 18 months, Abacus has installed floodlights at The Oval, Lord’s and Trent Bridge. The Kent CCC floodlights are being manufactured in the UK and will be assembled and fitted out prior to their delivery in time for testing and installation ahead of Kent CCC’s first floodlit game in June.


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