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Pierce, Miles
Shining light on our sporting nation - floodlighting for international cricket with particular reference to the Melbourne Cricket Ground
17th Engineering Heritage Conference: Canberra 100 - Building the Capital, Building the Nation
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2013, pp. 12-20

This paper traces the evolution of floodlighting for the playing and colour television broadcasting of international standard cricket, and subsequently other sporting codes, at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, following upon the pioneering of 'World Series' day/night cricket matches under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Whilst playing and colour television broadcasting of outdoor sports was not new, Australia led the world in extending this popular innovation to the game of cricket with its large playing field and particularly exacting artificial lighting demands. The author, as a principal engineer with Consulting Engineers GHD P/L, managed the planning and design phases and the subsequent commissioning of the MCG floodlighting project in the early 1980s and also took a lead role in the illuminating engineering aspects. The paper is particularly directed at the latter considerations.

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