The Gabba’s true colours will be on display at future cricket and AFL matches, thanks to a new state of the art lighting system.
Minister for Sport and Digital Technology Mick de Brenni said a project to install multi-coloured lighting in the stadium canopy had been finalised just in time for the upcoming T20 International with India.
“The Gabba has always been an impenetrable fortress for the Australian cricket team, and what better way to remind the competition that they’re on our turf,” Mr de Brenni said.
“The project involved the installation of 248 multi-coloured LED lights around the canopy, replacing the existing white up-lighting with a more energy and cost-effective solution.
“I’ve asked Stadiums Qld to focus their efforts on delivering the best fan and player experience possible and they are getting on with the job.
“This is fan engagement at its best, with the lights able to be customised to any colour or colour-combination, and have the ability to be switched to strobe, flash or still.
“Whether it be cricket, AFL, or any other event at The Gabba, it will be lit up in our home colours, creating game day buzz and excitement.
Mr de Brenni also spoke to the issue of the community owned nature of stadium infrastructure.
“The Gabba belongs to every Queenslanders, so as part of this I’ve ensured that it will be able to be lit up to support community awareness campaigns as well.
“I understand that the Stadiums Taskforce is likely to outline further community initiatives for our stadiums and I look forward to receiving the final report.
“This project has been undertaken as part of a wider lighting project which will also include the replacement of existing halogen sport lighting, with LED lighting before the end of the cricket season.”
Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn said the lights would add to the experience for fans.
‘The Gabba always puts on a great show and as a player, there’s something special about coming to our home ground and seeing it full of happy fans,’’ he said.
“It’s a big few weeks ahead with the T20 international now and then the start of the BBL with the Brisbane Heat so this latest upgrade will just add to the experience.’’
The T20 International with India is being held at The Gabba on the 21st November 2018.
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