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Gloucestershire set their sights on floodlights

Gloucestershire are hoping to boost their bid to stage Cricket World Cup matches in 2019 by obtaining planning permission for floodlights at Bristol.

The club are set to submit planning applications to Bristol City Council later this year for six floodlight columns, which will only be in use during the months of April and September.

As well as helping to host more international matches, the floodlights will also allow Gloucestershire to stage evening matches.

Chief executive Will Brown said: “The club has already been massively improved over the last 18 months and we are very grateful to local people for their patience while this work has been carried out. 

“However, in order to secure the club’s presence here in the heart of Bristol, we need the ability to host the really big matches.

Gloucestershire are hoping to submit planning applications for floodlights to Bristol City Council later this year

“If we want to bid to host Cricket World Cup and other major matches, we need floodlights. This is a requirement of the England and Wales Cricket Board, brought in recently to ensure the high levels of light required for evening matches and television broadcast. 

“Most large clubs around the country already have these in place, so they have a real advantage over us.

“Bristol is a world-class city in many ways, but it currently lacks international sporting facilities. 

“Bringing floodlights to the ground would not only give us a chance to host some of the 2019 Cricket World Cup matches, but also others such as international T20s, one-day internationals, the ICC Champions Trophy and the one-day women’s Cricket World Cup, next being held in 2017. 

“This would be great for sport in Bristol, but also great for tourism, traders and the city’s world-wide profile.”

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