Frankston Mayor Kris Bolam, Frankston Football Club women’s coach Greg Hilton, men’s captain Josh Newman and CEO Adrian Lloyd await tonight’s first game under the new lights.
New lights at Frankston Football Club’s home ground will be turned on for the Dolphins’ first night game at 7.30 tonight.
The practice match between the Dolphins and the Northern Bullants was described by Frankston Mayor Kris Bolam as a milestone for the club and the ground. “The new lighting will allow VFL and AFLW matches to be broadcast from SkyBus Stadium, securing the ground’s place as a premium sporting facility,” Cr Bolam said.
It’s shaping up as a big year for the club, with the men competing in the new-look 22-team competition with teams from NSW and Queensland, and the women in the South East Women’s Football League’s Division One competition. On top of that, Dolphins CEO Adrian Lloyd said the club’s membership was approaching a record, with more than 850 signed up so far for the 2021 season, and the club is poised in Round 6 to play its 1000th game since joining the VFA in 1966.
The lights, which were paid for with $850,000 from the Federal Government, $650,000 from the State Government and $1.3 million from Frankston City Council, can be turned up or down depending on whether training, standard matches or broadcast-level games are taking place.
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