Wednesday 31 March 2021 marked a milestone for Cricket in the north with the completion of new lights at DXC Arena.
Lights at DXC Arena will provide flexible match fixturing for our local community, cater for the growth our women’s and junior playing numbers, and capitalise on the enormous opportunity to build Darwin into a winter playing and training hub for Australian cricket through the Cricket 365 program.
For the first time, cricket will be able to be played under lights in the Darwin city, the northern suburbs and Palmerston region, following the recent completion lights at Gardens Oval, to complement the lights at Cazalys Arena in Palmerston.
The installation of lights at DXC Arena means NT Cricket has the ability to host elite cricket at night, with lights up to a maximum strength of 1200 lux in the wicket block and 750 lux for the outer area.
The first match under lights will be Round 1 of Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition’s Carlton Mid Premier Grade played between PINT Cricket Club and Tracy Village Cricket Club on Saturday April 10 from 2pm.
NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said the completion of the lights greatly expands the opportunities for cricket in the Top End to be played during the week and out of the heat of the day.
“The installation of lights at DXC Arena is a significant development for cricket in the north and I thank Minister Warden for her commitment to investing in sporting infrastructure to support our community.
“Thanks to the support of the NT Government and Sport Australia, we are now able to provide flexible fixtures for our local community, cater for our growing women’s and junior playing numbers, and capitalise on NT Cricket’s new innovative Cricket 365 program.”
Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the upgrade will provide increased opportunities for cricketers to train and play.
“Installing lighting at the venue not only allows players to escape the heat and humidity in the north but will support female and junior participation in social and competitive cricket”, Minister Colbeck said.
Minister Colbeck said the Australian Government’s $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program is a valuable investment in building community spirit and pride.
“This program is not just about building better sporting facilities, it is about building stronger, healthier communities by promoting physical activity, social connection, and economic vitality.”
Northern Territory Minister for Sport, Kate Worden said investing in the Territory’s sporting assets boosts the local economy and creates local jobs.
“Darwin is the best place in Australia to be involved in sports but it’s also one of the hottest, so our investment in lights will see more games and training take place in the cooler evenings.
“Upgrades to DXC Arena lights means game fixtures can be flexible, and overall allows the sport to expand, with there now not being a finite time training or matches need to end.”