Newcastle United may not be spending enough money on bringing new players into the club, but as for spending on other aspects of the club’s facilities, we are actually doing quite well.
A brighter future at St. James’ Park?
And news today on the Newcastle web-site that new floodlights have been installed at St. James Park to meet the new standards of lighting set by UEFA.
The club is reporting that 342 new floodlights have been installed 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.
The new upgrades take St. James Park above UEFA’s new minimum standard of 1,650 lux, which has been set as part of International TV rights holder agreements.
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.”
Newcastle have also invested in improving the Training grounds at Benton, and in about two years that work will be completed, and it will be one of the best training grounds in Europe.
Now all we need is to get Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings and allow Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew to bring in some top players and we may even have one of the best teams in Europe too.
But at the moment that somehow seems to be a long way off in the future.
But we can always say with the new floodlights that Newcastle will have a bright future ahead.
Written while on vacation in England.