Port Elizabeth’s famous cricket ground, St George’s Park, was the site of the first-ever Test match to be played on South African soil, back in March 1889.
Over four days in December 2017, the ground celebrated another landmark – South Africa hosted Zimbabwe in the first-ever day-night Test match.
Maritz Electrical, a premier supplier and installer of dedicated sports lighting, was tasked with erecting a new lighting system at St George’s Park cricket ground, in record time.
This complicated flagship project was completed on time and on budget and makes South Africa’s oldest Test match cricket ground the first International Cricket Council-compliant, LED-lit stadium and the first such stadium to be fitted with theatrics.
Where before the lighting level was 800 Lux, it is now 2000 Lux. The LED lighting makes for a much brighter light and far more flexible. No warm-up is required and so the theatrics can be employed at any time: flashing, chasing and picking out patterns in the lights. With the possibility of holding light shows before and after events, safety is improved because crowds will come in early and linger later. LED technology also reduces consumption significantly.
The R27-million contract was completed on time and on budget by a team from Maritz Electrical led by Warren Williams. Two project managers from Musco Lighting, the supplier, supported the installation. The lights on top of the Duck Pond Pavilion were hoisted at night, the process being illuminated by floodlight.
Maritz has installed lighting systems at a number of schools, universities, multi-sports stadia, including a recent big project for the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.
Maritz Electrical has an internationally compliant management system in place. Musco (leading supplier of electrical sports lights) is one of our established relationships that allows us to provide products of a similar quality to that of Twickenham Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
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