From the Archive: First Floodlight Takes to the Sky

On this day 12 months ago the first of our five floodlight pylons took to the Taunton skyline.

Standing 54 metres tall and topped with arrays of cutting edge LEDs, which were the first of their type in the northern hemisphere, they have taken cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground to the next level.

The assembly work was eventually completed on March 1st 2019 and the floodlights were officially launched at a special event later that month.

Nearly 2000 Members and supporters attended and were treated to a spectacular light show choreographed to music in order to demonstrate the wide-ranging capability of the new lights.

The lights were utilised during County Championship cricket in 2019 and meant that results were achieved that wouldn’t previously have been possible.

The atmosphere that was created at our Vitality Blast fixtures under the lights was absolutely phenomenal and the ICC also selected the Ground to host a floodlit fixture in the prestigious Cricket World Cup this summer.

Commenting on the floodlights during last season, Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “The lights themselves are unbelievable. Without them it’s extremely unlikely that we would have got the same volume of cricket played.”

Here is just a little reminder of what they can do:

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