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Government to remedy poor lighting on tennis courts at WER Joell Stadium

The lights at WER Joell Tennis Stadium (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The government are to address ongoing lighting issues on the tennis courts at WER Joell Stadium.

While praising the resurfacing of the courts, an International Tennis Federation expert criticised the change of infrastructure when conducting his annual visit to Bermuda last week, stressing that the lighting would need to be improved before international tournaments could take place and comparing the lights negatively to those the adjacent pickleball court.

However, the government insists that feedback is being taken seriously and that adjustments to the existing network of lights will be made so that the court meets the requirements to host international events.

“Before recent refurbishments, it was recognised that courts 1-3 at the W.E.R Joell Tennis Stadium required significant lighting updates due to outdated designs and damage from storms,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“A comprehensive lighting plan was developed with the Ministry of Public Works, which included the installation of new LED lights to enhance visibility and make these courts usable after dark.

“Feedback from an ITF representative highlighted the need for further improvements to address dark spots, particularly in the central areas of the courts.

“This feedback is being taken seriously, as it aligns with the commitment to meeting international standards.

“Efforts to enhance the lighting are ongoing, involving adjustments to the existing infrastructure and additional fixtures to ensure compliance with international competition standards.

“Since 2019, there have been no international tournaments at the facility, and while there are currently no formal plans for such events, the facility remains prepared to host them.

“The facility continues to serve the community with seven well-lit tennis courts and eight-lit pickleball courts.

“Ongoing enhancements are being communicated to the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), which is involved in these efforts. There is a solid commitment to maintaining high standards and ensuring the stadium can host international and local events.”

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Published April 22, 2024 at 1:18 pm (Updated April 22, 2024 at 1:18 pm)

Government to remedy poor lighting on tennis courts at WER Joell Stadium

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