Shentel Receives an Upgrade

All of the lights at Shentel Stadium are to be replaced August 16
All of the lights at Shentel Stadium are to be replaced August 16

WINCHESTER, Va. - Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium is scheduled to receive a facelift next week as all of the lights at the 10-year-old stadium will be replaced.

Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium, the home of the Hornets field hockey, football, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer teams, hosted its first game on September 15, 2001 when the football team took on Gallaudet University.

In that time, a press box, end zone lockerroom and visitors rest rooms have all been constructed as well as the surface converted from natural grass to A-Turf.

Universal Sports Lighting, from Atlanta, Illinois, has been contracted to replace all of the lights.

The original lights emitted 155,000 inital lumens of light and have depreciated in the past 10 years. These lights were also focused for football and men's lacrosse only and not for the wider playing surfaces used by soccer and women's lacrosse.

The new lights, a GE SportsStar lamp, will emit 162,000 initial lumens of light. This is an increase of nearly five percent from the original lights.

Following a cleaning of all of the fixtures and replacement of the lights, the lamps will be re-aimed for the current 120 x 70 yard playing surface.

"When the stadium was built, football and men's lacrosse were the only two teams using it as their primary game field," said Physical Plant Director Gene Fisher.

"We had the lights aimed for those playing fields. Now with the turf, we have soccer and women's lacrosse, which have a wider field, using the field for both practice and games. This meant we had to re-aim the lights.

"These new lights will be more energy-efficient and will be brighter than what we had before. Everyone will notice the improvement."

The work, which will cost approximately $9000, is scheduled for August 16 (weather permitting) and should be completed on that same date.

The first games on the field this year are field hockey and women's soccer on September 1. The hockey team takes on Wilson at 4:00 before women's soccer hosts Mary Washington at 7.

That women's soccer game is one of 12 night games scheduled for the stadium for the 2011-12 athletic year.

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