The Terengganu state government has allocated RM4 million for upgrading the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium's (SSINS) floodlights. This is because they want both Terengganu teams to be able to play Malaysian League matches in the evening.
However, the upgrading process will take about three months, meaning that both Terengganu and T-Team will have to put up with afternoon matches in the near future.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, in speaking to Bernama said that the upgrading would involve replacing the four floodlight poles around the pitch to meet the lighting standard set by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Speaking to the reporters after the pre-season match between Terengganu and T-Team, it was confirmed that the stadiums floodlights would be upgraded from 1,000 lux to 1,4000 lux. He also said that the existing poles would have to be replaced as they could not hold more bulbs under the floodlight upgrading project.
"As such, this stadium can only host Super League matches during the day. We have no other choice, as Sultan Mizan Stadium in Gong Badak is under repair."
SSINS was one of the stadiums told by the FAM that they would not be able to stage any evening matches next season. Ahmad hopes that Terengganu supporters will be patient and continue to support both teams, despite matches being played in the afternoon.