Adelaide City has received a major facilities upgrade after the installation of new lighting on the club’s outstanding grass pitch at Adelaide City Park at Oakden was completed last week.
By Michael Barbaro
The upgrade is a substantial development as it will now allow night matches to be played at the venue, something that has been missing in recent seasons following FFSA lighting requirement increases for night games.
“The importance of these new lights at Oakden cannot be overstated” said General Manager Marcus Lacey. “Their capacity now well exceeds FFSA NPL requirements and opens the door to night matches for both men, and women. The combination of one of the finest grass pitches in South Australia with new state of the art lighting, alongside the brand new full size synthetic pitch establishes Adelaide City Park as a versatile training and playing football facility of the highest standard.”
The next stage of development is the completion of the partially installed new lights on the synthetic pitch, moving the club forward further again.
In addition to senior football, junior boys and girls teams will now be able to train on the new synthetic pitch at night, alongside senior teams.
The first night game at the venue will be held on Wednesday night this week, 6 June, as Adelaide City’s Women’s National Premier League team host FFSA NTC Girls.
It is a very important clash for the City girls; they currently sit four points behind ladder leaders Metro United and a win on Wednesday night would close that lead down to a single point.
It would also provide valuable momentum for City as they head into the Women’s Premier and State Cup Quarter Final to be held at MetroStars’ T.K. Shutter Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
City’s WNPL midfielder Georgia Campagnale was ecstatic about the upgrade, citing that it would have a positive effect on the club’s culture.
“The men and women being able to train at the same venue facilitates the relationship the senior teams have with each other which ultimately develops culture around the club” Campagnale said.
“Culture is very important to the club as professionalism is increased amongst the senior playing groups which is essential to being successful.”
However, Campagnale is fully aware on the current task at hand and said that City will need to be at their best in Wednesday night’s fixture to gain momentum for their do-or-die cup clash on Saturday.
“The girls are excited to play at Oakden under the new lights as we enjoy playing at our home ground.”
“It is a very vital three points on offer tomorrow night as we are looking to continue the great season we are having whilst fighting for top-spot.”
“Three points tomorrow night would give us confidence heading into the game on Saturday against Metro but first we need to focus then regroup and prepare for the cup game.”
Wednesday night’s match under the new lights will coincide with the launch of Andrew Howe’s definitive Encyclopedia of Socceroos to be held in the adjacent B.Social from 5:30pm, free for all to attend.
The two events combined provide a compelling opportunity to be part of the club’s extensive past history and the new being written.