Wrexham AFC wants to build taller and stronger headlights at the Racecourse

28 Jun 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Football club directors are asking their councils if they can build taller and stronger floodlights to help them organize international sporting events. Wrexham AFC has applied to Wrexham Council for permission to build the structures.

The club says the new, cantilevered towers, each eight meters taller than the existing structures, will replace the existing floodlights at The Racecourse Ground on Mold Road. Officials from the club, which is owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, applied last week but the new news was officially announced today.

The local government is expected to invite comments in a consultation and then the application could be voted on around September or October this year. In a statement, Wrexham AFC said: “Wrexham AFC can confirm that an application for planning to replace existing floodlights at the Racecourse was submitted to Wrexham Council on Friday (June 10). ).

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“Current floodlight towers cannot support the lighting system to provide the lux level needed to meet the Racecourse’s ambition to become a regular stadium for international sporting events. New floodlights will need to be installed while the existing towers remain in place and in use, to ensure football can be played during construction.

“There is not enough time to complete the installation during the season-ending season, especially with the Kop Development Project scheduled to get underway by this time next year. The new headlights will be available. the ability to deliver a consistent 1500 lux to meet UEFA category 4 stadium requirements but can be programmed to deliver a lux level of 350, National League requirements and any level between.

Existing floodlight towers at Wrexham AFC's Racecourse Stadium are red and the proposed floodlight towers are blue.
Existing floodlight towers at Wrexham AFC’s Racecourse Stadium are red and the proposed floodlight towers are blue.

“The columns are 40m high with a front cantilever of 20 degrees from 20m and 8m higher than the existing floodlight towers. The club has not yet been informed when the application of the planning will be determined.”

The new owners’ goal is to grow the team and bring it back to the English Football League in the face of an increase in attendance and in an improved stadium, while making a difference. positive difference for the wider community in Wrexham. This goal is being pursued in a variety of ways, including by “using Rob and Ryan’s resources to grow the club’s exposure at home and abroad”.

Last week, Wrexham AFC announced that Season tickets were sold out within 12 hours.