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Bay Oval lights approved

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bay Oval lights approved

City councillors today have agreed to help pay for the $2.74 million lighting project for the Bay cricket oval at Blake Park.

While ratepayers will be giving a total of $915,000 in assistance to the project, ratepayers help in the coming financial year will be $150,000 plus $150,000 from Paul Adams' Civil Amenities Group to get design and consenting rolling.

The lights for day/night games will not be required for the coming summer, but the one after, says CEO Garry Poole.

But New Zealand Cricket will not allocate international day/night games to grounds just on a promise of lights being available. It requires a demonstration of progress.

The lights will be ready for the 2018/19 cricket season, and will make Tauranga the fifth New Zealand city with a venue capable of hosting international day-night cricket games.

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