ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will soon get to do something it’s never done at its home park – Greenwood Field. Play a night game.
Not only is the team getting ready for the 2014 season but the lights are getting ready, as well. The lights have been burning during the daytime hours the past few days preparing for the season.
Here is a statement from David Todd, UNC Asheville’s Director of Facilities Management and Planning explaining a little more on the process of the lights being on during the day.
“Last year UNC Asheville received a grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority through The Tourism Product Development Fund. The grant funded the installation of lights on both our Baseball Field and our Soccer Field.
Installation of the lights was completed late last month. The lights have been installed to NCAA specifications. As such they are required to be "burned in" for 100 hours to ensure consistent lighting before they can be focused on the fields where the lighting levels will be measured to verify NCAA standards are being met.
The school has been completing the 100-hour burn in of the lights during the day so that we can observe and verify proper operation. In order to complete this effort in as timely a manner as possible, we have been burning the lights 8 to 10 hours a day. Once the burn is completed, each individual lamp will be focused on a specific location of the field with the intent of both insuring NCAA specifications are met and that the lights are compiling with appropriate dark sky ordinances. The burn in should be completed early this week.”