Baseball NT has received $111,000 in government funding to complete lighting works at Tracy Village Baseball Field.

The injection of money from the NT Government’s Community Benefit Fund will finance the works required to return the existing infrastructure to a safe, usable condition.

The lights, which were originally installed in 2006, have been operating at less than 50% capacity since 2017.

The works will allow for evening scheduling of training and competition for the local association and clubs. As the only Baseball field in the Top End, the lights will provide more flexibility for the many user groups.

Games and training can now be held during cooler periods of the day, reducing the impact of the Top End climate on players, spectators, and volunteers.

“This is a big win for the Territory Baseball community,” Baseball NT General Manager Gemma Scales said. “The ability to play during the cooler time of the day will dramatically benefit the local competition.”

“Having adequate lighting is a key requirement for us to host national and large-scales events, which is an area Baseball NT is keen to explore in the near future.”

“This project has been greatly supported by other stakeholders including, Tracy Village Social and Sports Club, Softball NT, Baseball Australia, Darwin Baseball League and Tracy Village Baseball Club,” she said.

“On behalf of Baseball NT, the Clubs, players, supporters and volunteers, I would like to thank the NT Government for their continued support of Territory Baseball.”

The works are expected to be completed prior to the 2021 Darwin Baseball League Season commencing.