Headingley gets floodlights

  • Last Updated: May 29 2014, 20:04 BST

Headingley Stadium will be floodlit in 2015 after Leeds City Council granted planning permission for the installation of permanent lights.

Headingley: Handed boost
Headingley: Handed boost

The West Yorkshire venue received the news in the wake of a Council meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Once erected, the lights will be in operation at Yorkshire's ground up to 20 times a season.

"We want to create a stadium that is amongst finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long-term," Yorkshire County Cricket Club chief executive Mark Arthur said.

"To be granted planning permission for the installation of permanent floodlights is a major step forward for the club.

"It will also enable us to promote Day/Night fixtures, which will become an integral part of of our limited overs schedule in the various domestic competitions."

Arthur added his county had received a £700,000 grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board to go towards the overall cost of £1.8million.

Headingley has undergone extensive redevelopment work over recent years with the building of a new pavilion and corporate facility.

It has missed out on an Ashes Test for the second series running, though, with the 2015 series not passing through Leeds.