Dundee's match tonight at home to Ayr United has been postponed due to an unforeseen issue with the floodlight control mechanism.
Stadium Manager Jim Thomson spoke to the press after the match was called off and told them. “We took the decision as there was very few people in the ground at the time and we needed to make a quick decision. To find the fault and maybe not be able to fix it, your talking 45 minutes.”
Asked about the area where the damage actually was, Jim responded, “The guy is going to come in tomorrow and strip it all down so we'll probably get it fixed quite quickly, we hope, it's nothing major but it's the control mechanism rather than the floodlights themselves.”
The match was called off at about 7.30 but was given every chance to go ahead. “The first time it blew was about 7pm, we reset them and the lights came back on. It blew again and when we tried to reset them it keeps blowing each time.”
“I spoke to the guy who installed the floodlights on the phone and he said to me the control box would need to be stripped down and I couldn't guarantee having done that we would have the part available to fix it.
Asked about the fans who had made a long journey, Jim said, “I feel for them, but what can you do. These floodlights have been in for 12 years and haven't let us down once in that period, it could be simple or it could be something you have to try find and that is the position we were in, we had to find where the problem is.”
The Club would like to apologise to all fans who had made the journey to Dens for any inconvenience caused.