Universiade soccer pitch lights fail at test matches

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 19, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Floodlight installed at Fu Jen University-Hang Yuan’s artificial turf pitch for the Universiade in August

Team Taiwan players and CTFA officials attend the advance opening of soccer fashion store Athleta in Taipei on Saturday. PHOTO: CTFA

failed on Friday during a match between the Royal Blues and National Sports Training Center (NSTC) due to a power outage in the 52nd minute of the second half, CTFA officials said.

The pitch remained in darkness for more than an hour while work crews repaired electrical circuitry, before the match could resume.

However, eight minutes after play resumed, the lights went out again and needed further repairs before the Royal Blues took a 4-2 victory.

“It is good that we tested out the floodlights and found the problem. Hopefully all the shortcomings can be fixed before the Universiade. However, the lights are not bright enough, so this has to be improved,” Taipower coach and former national team manager Chen Kuei-jen said.

“We can get the lighting to work, but the spectator stands were not finished. This is a half-done job…. Supporters cheering the action can spur teams to play better. I hope the stands are finished so people can watch the games in relative comfort,” Chen said.

Taiwan’s top soccer league tightened up this weekend when Taipei-based Tatung blanked Tainan City 3-0 to move within three points of leaders Kaohsiung-based Taipower, who were held to a scoreless draw by Fu Jen University-Hang Yuan.    [FULL  STORY]

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