New LED lights will brighten up BA Memorial Stadium this fall
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Friday nights’ lights will shine much brighter at Broken Arrow High School Memorial Stadium during the 2019 football season and beyond.
The more brilliant illuminance has nothing to do with the glow from which Tiger fans are still basking following the school’s first football state championship last fall. It has to do with the stadium’s first new lighting system since the stadium opened in 2000.
The new four-pole LED light units replace older Halogen sets, and offer an increase from 60 footcandles to 130. The field of play is not the only area spectators will see a noticeable improvement in lighting, however.
“Number one, it’s about the safety of the thousands of people who come to events at Memorial Stadium,” Steve Dunn, executive director of athletics, said. ““The original lights weren’t directed towards the bleachers, so along with improving the light in the stands we will now have lighting around and underneath the stadium in addition to numerous emergency lights."
The new light poles were repositioned from the corners of the stadium to behind both the home and visitor bleachers. The poles are basically in line with the north and south 10-yard lines, and by their location “will cover lighting the bleachers as well,” Dunn said. Last season, the district added 10 smaller LED lights to the top of the press box facade to assist with lighting in the west bleachers.
Broken Arrow Schools repurposed the original stadium lights by moving them to the high school track and field complex located on the southwest side of the BAHS campus.