Lord’s cricket ground in London will be able to use floodlights for another five years until 2019 after getting planning permission from the local council.
Westminster City Council approved the renewal for the lights, which had permission through the end of the year. Starting next year, the 2.7 million-pound ($4.1 million) retractable lights can be used two extra times during day matches, illuminating 14 day and 10 night matches, according to an e-mailed statement from the Marlyebone Cricket Club.
“It is crucial that the club, going forward, has the ability to use the floodlights if required during all its major match days because no one wants to see play lost to bad light,” John Stephenson, MCC’s head of cricket and estates, said in the statement. “Thanks to constructive and co-operative relations with both the local residents and the council, we have an agreement which ensures Lord’s retains its place as the finest ground to watch and play cricket.”
For day matches, the lights must be switched off by 7:30 p.m., and for day/night and evening matches, they must be reduced by 50 percent by 9:50 p.m. and off by 11 p.m., the MCC said in the statement. The new approval expires in January 2019.