The club have reportedly spent £1.8 million installing an extra 342 new floodlights at the Leazes and Gallowgate ends, to take the stadium from 1,350 lux to 2,000 lux, and it’s now officially Britain’s brightest stadium under floodlights.
Eddie Rutherford is the head of facilities at Newcastle United, and he had this to say:
“The new floodlights will provide lighting levels well above other arenas in the UK and Europe, which will not only benefit players and spectators inside the stadium but also the millions who watch the Premier League on television globally.”
“From a technical standpoint, they represent another attractive element to what is already a very special stadium for international broadcasters and we hope this will lead to even more new and existing fans being able to watch the team regularly around the world.”
Whether this will help the players on the pitch remains to be seen, but it’s good to see the club spending a bit extra money into improving the viewing experience.