A state-of-the-art lighting system was installed at UMBC Soccer Stadium last month, giving the Retrievers' men's and women's soccer programs the ability to play games under the lights on its plush, Bermuda grass complex.
The new, four-pole system was furnished by Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa. A 30-year innovator in sports-lighting, Musco has recently completed projects at the new Yankee Stadium, Daytona International Speedway and United States National Tennis Center.
The system was installed by Dalton Electric Company of Burtonsville, Md.
"We are very excited about the lights at the Soccer Stadium," Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown said. "It gives us a great opportunity to showcase our championship men's soccer program and our emerging women's program. Moreover, student-athletes will miss less class time for our midweek home games. I am confident that the attendance and overall atmosphere at our games will be greatly enhanced and more people will be exposed to UMBC Soccer."
Each of the poles will produce 50 candle power, distributed evenly throughout the field. The system utilizes Light-Structure Green technology, which cuts operating costs in half, includes remote on/off control services and provides constant light level.
The men's soccer team is tentatively scheduled to play all 11 of its home games under the lights, while five women's games are slated for evening starts. The turf and lighting at UMBC Stadium would serve as a back-up if field conditions do not permit competition on the grass.
In the near future, UMBC will also look to increase the seating capacity and renovate the press box at the stadium.
"We now have one of the best soccer-only stadiums in the country," head men's soccer coach Pete Caringi said." We have had fantastic support from the soccer community, students and alumni and I am sure they are looking forward to watching our games next year."