No one is hurt as lights crash down

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Lights on a tem­po­rary tower at Eden Park came crash­ing to the ground in an ac­ci­dent early last month as con­trac­tors were lift­ing them into place.

But re­place­ments will be ready by the time Auck­land face Welling­ton in the Air new Zealand Cup on Septem­ber 20. It will be the first match played at the park un­der the new tem­po­rary lighting sys­tem.

Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley says one of the tem­po­rary light stands was al­most in place when a shackle on the crane erect­ing it broke.

“The lights that have been dam­aged have to be re­placed in their en­tirety.”

Mr Fee­ley says the dam­aged lights are worth tens of thou­sands of dol­lars, al­though in­sur­ance will cover the cost. He is just pleased no one was hurt. “The first thing you worry about is hu­man in­jury. The sec­ond thing is the im­pact.”

Four tem­po­rary light tow­ers will be in place for fu­ture rugby night matches, which will com­pen­sate for the lights re­cently re­moved from the old south stand.

They will be used in con­junc­tion with the lights on the ASB Stand to fully il­lu­mi­nate the park.

For­mer Auck­land coach Pat Lam, who has since stepped down to take up the role of head coach at the Blues, says he’s not sure how the rel­a­tively short height of the tem­po­rary lights will af­fect games.

He says the main prob­lem could be vis­i­bil­ity when the ball is kicked high in the air, above the lights.

But Mr Lam and his re­place­ment Shane Howarth have en­joyed the new tem­po­rary coaches box, lo­cated on the side­line in front of the old south stand.

“We al­most don’t need walkie-talkies. We could al­most talk to them out on the ground.”

Mr Lam has also no­ticed a change in the di­rec­tion of the wind, with large holes in the side of the sta­dium.

“It’s the sac­ri­fice we have to make for a bet­ter sta­dium.”

The lights will be re­moved from tem­po­rary tow­ers and in­cor­po­rated into the new South Stand.

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