The North Ballarat Football Club says it gave the City of Ballarat five months’ notice of its intention to stage a night Victorian Football League fixture this weekend, which has since been rescheduled.
Confusion: The North Ballarat Football Club says it indicated its intention to play a night match at Eureka Stadium against Williamstown to the City of Ballarat in December. Picture: Skyline Drone Imaging.
The Roosters were originally set to take on Williamstown under lights at Eureka Stadium on Friday night, however the fixture was shifted to Saturday afternoon after the council told the club last week the facility, which is still under construction, was not fit for a night match.
In a statement the club said all VFL fixtures were completed prior to Christmas, however City of Ballarat director of community development Neville Ivey said council indicated to the club back in 2016 that night games should not be scheduled during the construction phase.
“We made it clear to the club that scheduling any night games during the construction phase wouldn’t be wise,” Mr Ivey said. “Pretty much from day one when we said we were going to build a stadium we’ve shared that (night games) really shouldn’t be an option.”
While eight new lights were installed around the oval last year, further lighting will be constructed on the two stands to help visibility on the ground.
“We never stated we would be ready (to hold night fixtures) by this time.”
The confusion comes after the club indicated it would likely challenge the compensation offer of $5.5 million for the compulsory acquisition of the Eureka Stadium precinct.