MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University athletic department is in the midst of a major lighting project that will see permanent lights added to the SNHU baseball and softball fields, as well as upgrades to the lighting at the University’s other outdoor athletic facilities, Larkin Field and the SNHU tennis courts. Work on Larkin Field and the tennis courts has already been completed, while work continues at the baseball and softball fields, which is expected to be completed by the end of August.
“The lighting of our baseball and softball fields, in addition to the lighting upgrades at our other outdoor facilities, will only continue to enhance our reputation of having some of the finest facilities in the region,” said SNHU Director of Athletics Chip Polak. “Having additional outdoor lighted facilities not only helps our intercollegiate athletes, but also the hundreds of students that participate in our intramural and recreational offerings, and also gives us greater flexibility in game scheduling.”
With the addition of permanent lights to the baseball and softball fields, Southern New Hampshire becomes just the fourth school in the 16-team Northeast-10 Conference with lights on its baseball field, and just the second with a permanently-lighted softball field. In addition, SNHU is just the second college or university in New England to feature a fully-lighted baseball and softball complex, joining Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine.
All three facilities are being outfitted with Musco Green technology by Musco Sports Lighting, one of the top sports lighting companies in the world. On Larkin Field, the new light fixtures will allow for nearly double the amount of light at reduced energy usage from the original fixtures, which were installed in the late 1990s. The tennis court lights will use approximately 50% less energy while producing the same light levels as before, while baseball and softball will use less energy than traditional light fixtures. The new Musco Green technology also reduces light spill into nearby areas by 50%.
The lights on the baseball and softball field will not only benefit student-athletes in those sports, but participants in SNHU’s extensive intramural program as well. The benefits for student-athletes will include less missed class time for games and practices, in addition to the ability to play in front of more fans. SNHU has held a night softball game held under temporary lights the past three springs, and the attendance for each game has been higher than the season average, including nearly 600 fans in 2010.
For intramural participants, the addition of lights to the baseball and softball fields will increase participation opportunities at night, reducing class conflicts, as both facilities can be utilized for a variety of sports. In addition, a natural grass practice field adjacent to the softball field will be partially illuminated with double-sided fixtures at the softball field, allowing even more space for intramurals and general recreation use.
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