Night Baseball Comes to Appalachian State University

May 11, 2014

When the athletic department of Appalachian State University (ASU) decided to replace their existing baseball facility with a new stadium as part of a $32 million facilities enhancement effort on campus, the decision was made at the same time to also provide stadium lighting that had never before been utilized at ASU.

“The old site, Red Lackey Field, was nine years old, didn’t have lights and offered limited parking; it just didn’t meet the needs of the baseball program anymore,” explained Troy Heustess, ASU Facilities Director and former baseball coach. “We turned to Jeff Ashbaugh of Site Solutions, Charlotte, NC to design everything at Jim and Betty Smith Stadium except the lighting.

“We had worked with Mike Torrence of Torrence Sports Lighting, Charlotte, NC, manufacturer representative for GE Lighting Systems successfully on two other campus lighting efforts, so we asked Torrence to function as our lighting consultant on the stadium. Our key criteria was a lighting system that met AA minor baseball light levels, 100 foot candles (maintain) on the infield and 70 foot candles (maintain) in the outfield, 40% higher than NCAA light levels for baseball.

The lighting system Torrence recommended and ASU installed incorporates 160 1500-watt metal halide lamps in GE Powr●Spot® Floodlights. Mounted 22 to 35 fixtures per 80 ft. concrete incased steel poles, the lighting system met ASU criteria, 100 fc on the infield and 70 fc on the outfield. The three phase, 277/488 volt system will operate approximately 300 hours per year and is controlled through contactors with key switch in a lockable contactor cabinet.

Tommy Lawrence Electrical Contractors, Inc. Roxboro, NC was the installing electrical contractor on Smith Stadium. GE Lighting, East Flat Rock, NC supplied lighting system design expertise to Torrence Sports Lighting, Inc.

”One of the most exciting things about completion of the Jim and Betty Smith Stadium,” said ASU Athletic Director Charlie Cobb, “is that night baseball will be played for the first time at Appalachian. We appreciate the support of GE Lighting Systems in making this happen and look forward to seeing the Apps play under the lights this spring and in the years to come.”


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