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New Floodlight System


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New Floodlight System

PostedFebruary 10, 2011

Saturday's Fife derby against Dunfermline Athletic will mark the debut of the Club's new first class floodlighting sytem. The Club has had to wait three months to unveil the new lights due to weather denying a home game since the 6th of November 2010. The Club had originally planned to unvail the lights at the start of the home game against Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday 27th November but the game was postponed and fate has intervened to ensure it will now happen at the re-arranged fixture.

A short ceremony will take place prior to kick off to mark the occassion and will be led by former player Andy Rolland along with club and supporters representatives. Rolland was sold to Dundee United in 1967 for 10,000 and the transfer fee funded the installation of the previous system that remained in place until the recent upgrade.

The installation of the new floodlghts marks a major milestone for the Club. The existing pylons, which were erected in 1968 along with the original floodlight system, remain in place but new Phillips lamps will see the lux rating increase from the current level of 160 to a impressive 600. The previous lux level fell some way below the SFA/SFL minimum requirement which has resulted in finanical penalties being imposed in the recent past. This has been an issue for the Club for some years but has remained unresolved until now due to the prohibitive costs of upgrading the system. The project has been jointly funded by the supporters Action Fund, investment from Neil Fentie (pictured - a club director and managing director of of Singapore-based company Subsea Pressure Controls Ltd.) and grant assistance from the Scottish Football Partnership.

The game itselt is hugely important for both sides with Cowdenbeath on 16 points and bottom side Dundee on 11 points. Jimmy Nicholl's, who is being filmed by MUTV as part of a documentary about former players, team have three games in hand over Dundee but the 25 point deduction for entering administration has galvanised the Dens Park side. Despite propping up the league, Dundee, who would have been the league leaders but for the points deduction, are currently on a 12 match unbeaten league run and have not conceded a goal in their last 7 games. However, Dundee last tasted defeat against Cowdenbeath at Central Park at the end of September 2010.

Please note that tickets will be available for sale for the normal outlets on Friday and for both home and away fans from Central Park (High Street turnstyles) between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Segregation will be in place for this game with admission set at 15 for adults, 8 concession and 20 for the adult and child gate. Click here to read the segregation policy.

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