AFL Oval, St Leonards

Client: Glascott LS and Civil for Willoughby Council
Location:   Gore Hill oval – St Leonards, NSW
Year Completed:   2020

Project Description

    • Design & construct a 200 lux AFL Lighting System.
    • Area Lighting.
    • Installation 4 x 25m Seesaw mid-hinged poles.
    • 36x Philips Optivision Floodlights.
    • Installation 36x 5m poles with post top lights.
    • LED Inground Uplights.
    • New 400 amp custom Main switchboard.

Good lighting is important for all levels of Australian Football. It provides clubs
with more opportunity to train and play and assists in ensuring that the use of facilities can be maximised.

  • The Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) contains recommendations and requirements specific to the lighting of Australian Football. The Standard deals with training and competition, and takes into consideration spectator viewing requirements. The Standard contains information highlighting the maintained horizontal illuminance (lux) required for training and club competition at a recreational, amateur, semiprofessional and professional level for Australian Football.

  • AUSTRALIAN STANDARD (AS2560.2.3) LIGHTING FOR FOOTBALL (ALL CODES)

    The following table provides an overview of the Australian Standard for minimum lighting requirements for football.

    Level of Play

    Typical Activity

    Maintained
    Average

    Horizontal

    Illuminance (lux)

    Minimum

    Horizontal

    Uniformities

    Maximum Glare Rating

    (U1)

    (U2)

    Recreational Level

    Touch and Tag

    Touch and tag football

    50

    0.3

    N/A

    N/A

    Amateur Level

    (Local, Remote, Junior, School Venues)

    Ball and Physical Training

    May be suitable for training at local club level.1

    50

    0.3

    N/A

    N/A

    Club Competition and Match PracticeMinimum requirement suitable for competition at local club level. Provides minimal viewing distances for spectators.2

    100

    0.5

    0.3

    50

    Semi Professional Level (Regional Venues)

    Match Practice

    Suitable for training at a semiprofessional level.

    100

    0.5

    0.3

    50

    Competition

    Minimum suitable for competition at a semi
    professional
    level.

    200

    0.6

    0.4

    50

    Professional Level (State League and AFL)

    The needs of AFL / AFLW and second tier competitions can alter based on competition regulations, broadcast needs and local environments. Venue owners wishing to conduct games at these levels should consult closely with their AFL State body or relevant competition governing body to ensure lighting design and levels meet all stakeholder requirements.

    Source: Lighting Criteria (Standards Australia, Sports lighting Part 2.3: Specific applications Lighting for football (all codes))

    Note 1: According to AS25260.2.3 footnote e; Ball and Physical Training is considered to differ from match practice in that ball and physical training is more controlled, involves fewer participants (typically two to four) and the paths of the participants and that of any ball used are more predictable than in a match-practice environment.

    Note 2: If a club, league or council is looking to develop a night football venue, a minimum of 150 lux is recommended to ensure contemporary spectator viewing expectations are met. It is recommended that Clubs and Councils inspect recent lighting installations to increase their understanding of the strengths and limitations of differing lighting levels.

    Cricket Oval, Ashfield

    Client:  Inner West City Council
    Location:   Pratten Park – Ashfield, NSW
    Year Completed:   2020

    Project Description

      • Installation of 6 x 25m Painted poles
      • 54 LED Sylvania Raptor light fittings
      • Illuminate field to 300 lux
      • Installation of all underground footings, conduit & cabling.
      • Installation of new 200 amp main switchboard.

    Western Sydney Wanderers, NSW

    Client: Western Sydney Wanderers & Blacktown City Council
    Location:   Blacktown, NSW
    Year Completed:   2020

    Project Description

    Complete design and construct, from initial concept to delivery of the project.

      • Lighting & Luminaire Selection
      • 200 lux Lighting for 6 x training fields.
      • 500 lux Lighting for 2 x premier fields.
      • Touch screen lighting control system.
      • Pole locations & heights.
      • Electrical cabling and underground infrastructure.
      • New 1200.amp Custom Main Switchboard.
      • Tactical Cameras.
      • Speaker & PA System.
      • Area and pathway lighting.
      • Car Park lighting.
      • Power to office and change room buildings.

      As per the guidelines set out by Football NSW, adequate lighting for football fields is now an essential element in the ongoing viability of any venue.

    Key Standards for football lighting

    AS 2560.1 – 2002 Sports lighting Part 1: General Principles
    AS 2560.2.3 – 2007 Specific Applications – Lighting for football (all codes)
    AS 4282 – 1997 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting
    See www.standards.org.au

    The Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) contains lighting recommendations and requirements specific to football to ensure that the ball is adequately illuminated at all times while in play (this information must be accessed directly from the Australian Standards website www.standards.org.au).

    The standard deals with training and competition and takes into consideration spectator viewing requirements.

    The standards contain information about maintained horizontal luminance (lux), minimum horizontal
    uniformities (U1 & U2) and maximum glare rating. These properties vary depending on whether the level of play is recreational, amateur or semi–professional.

    Football NSW has adopted the Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) as the basis for match lighting
    requirements by football for affiliated competitions.

    Illuminance Requirements

    Uniformity ratios are an important part of a complete set of lighting criteria and can have a positive effect on the quality of lighting installations. Adequate uniformity is required to create balanced lighting conditions so that people’s eyes do not have to continually adapt to a different light level. The Minimum Horizontal Uniformities are given in two ratios, each providing a numerical representation of the uniformity of illuminance over a given area.

    This may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to average (U1) or it may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to maximum (U2) level of illumination for a given area. For example, (U1) club competition and match play minimum uniformity equals 0.5. The lowest level of illumination should not be less than 50% of average (U1) or 30% (U2) of the maximum level of illumination.

    Football NSW Technical Lighting Requirements

    The Field of Play of Clubs in 1st Grade, U20, U18 and U16 of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 must have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting luminance of 200 lux, regardless of nomination to play day or night fixtures.

    Stadiums used in all other competitions will only require the minimum 200 lux standard should they nominate to play night matches.

    Matches involving grassroots clubs in the Waratah Cup may be played on fields that have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting luminance of 100 lux which is the standard for grassroots competition matches.

    Warm-Up Area Lighting

    The Warm-up Areas of Clubs in 1st Grade, U20, U18 and U16 of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 must have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting illuminance of 50 lux, regardless of nomination to play day or night fixtures.

    Stadiums used in all other competitions will only require the minimum 50 lux standard for warm-up areas should they nominate to play night matches.

    Stadium Lighting

    At all Stadiums which host night fixtures, general lighting to seating and pedestrian pathways must be provided.

    General lighting must conform to all applicable safety standards.

    It is the Club’s responsibility to ensure the Stadium lighting, including emergency lighting in case of loss of power or evacuation, meets the required standards.

    More guidelines provided by Football NSW here https://footballfacilities.com.au/football-lighting/

    AFL & Cricket Ground Lighting Design & construction

    Client:  Wagga Wagga City Council
    Location:   Robertson Oval – Wagga Wagga, NSW
    Year Completed:   2013

    Project Description

    • Install 500 lux lighting system.
    • Assemble & erect 6 x 57m Lighting towers for HDTV lighting system.
    • Design & construct alternative foundation for 6 poles.
    • Aim and commission 120 x 2kW Sylvania floodlights.