FOOTBALL under floodlights will on Wednesday night return to Frome Sports Complex for the first time since 2005-2006 when Savannah SC host Humble Lion in a rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League game at 6:00 pm.
Everton Tomlinson, chairman of the Westmoreland Sports Council, yesterday told the Jamaica Observer it was a long wait but it will benefit the football product in the parish eventually.
Former Premier League champions Reno previously played a number of games under lights at the venue.
"This is just one part of the overall upgrading of the complex and we have lots more plans," said Tomlinson, who is also president of the Westmoreland Football Association.
A technical team from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) passed the lights after a second inspection on Saturday night, Tomlinson said.
"The major concern was an area of darkness behind one of the goals," he explained, adding, "The lights on the playing area was always sufficient."
He said the cost to set up the poles, lamps and the bulbs cost about $500,000 and was sponsored by Dijon Construction, a sponsor of Savannah SC since its formation.
He said the erection of the floodlights would boost attendance, especially for midweek games as the fans have been clamouring for the lights.
Tomlinson thanked the Sugar Company of Jamaica-Frome for handing over the day-to-day running of the venue to the WSC and said they had plans to do further work on the field "to bring it up to international standards as we hope to be able to host international games in the not so distant future".
There are plans he said to add more seating, a bar and restaurant as well as restrooms for patrons.
"So far we have spoken to some persons, and so far the feedback has been great and we are waiting for more word now," he said.