November 18th, 2010 at 10:18 PM ^

i saw it earlier tonight from the Main and Packard intersection. it looked pretty bright and impressive.

early season night games are going to be so amazing and comfortable.


November 18th, 2010 at 10:33 PM ^

Looks awesome.  Any chance they're using LED technology?  They look very modern and much brighter than your traditional stadium lighting.  I didn't read anything to that effect, but I would think they would've at least considered it.


oriental andrew

November 19th, 2010 at 10:24 AM ^

They do look very similar to the Cowboys Stadium lights.  They're NOT LED, though.  If you read the article carefully, the LED lighting was used the suites and club areas.  These are actually HID (metal halide) lamps with a hot restrike so they are basically instantly re-lit in the event of an outage.  

Steve in PA

November 19th, 2010 at 10:43 AM ^

I was part of a committee that was investigating lighting for a baseball field.  I learned a lot about lighting and much has changed in the last 10 years.  

New lighting is much more focused.  The old way was just to throw a lot of light out on the field until it was sufficiently illuminated.  Now with fields being closer to residential neighborhood (read zoning issues) and energy costs, the amount of light is much more focused and as a whole less is needed.  Very important consideration is paid to spillover light since those are just wasted candlepower.

I saw some amazing setups where the field would be bright as daylight, but 10 feet away from the fences it would be almost completely black.  Looking at the upper seats in the stadium pics, I think they are using the same very focused setup.


November 18th, 2010 at 11:06 PM ^

I booked my hotel reservations exactly 364 days in advance of the game ND game.  Hotel computers wont take reservations more than one year in advance and when I started looking around about half the places were already booked solid.  I had to pay $280 for a double queen room in advance with a no refund policy.  But Im booked baby and will be hitting the tailgate about noon i figure with zero intentions of driving back to Cleveland until sometime Sunday afternoon.  Is Angelo's open on Sunday's?

God I love capitalism.......

Sgt. Wolverine

November 18th, 2010 at 11:39 PM ^

I don't think they could have done that any better -- they put more than enough light, but they're incredibly low-profile.  And instead of having the light come from just four towers, it spreads out the light sources.

All Dave Brandon does is win win win no matter what.


November 19th, 2010 at 12:06 AM ^

I've always complained about how dark it looks in the big house even with the lights on.  It looks fine on TV, but at the House, it looks dark and overcast.

I hope these new lights are much brighter.

Elno Lewis

November 19th, 2010 at 9:18 AM ^

So many nights I sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You've come along

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turning for home?
Finally, a chance to say hey,
I love You
Never again to be all alone

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'Cause You
You light up my life


November 19th, 2010 at 9:22 AM ^

I love how the majority of the bowl is still dark since the bright lights are focused on the field. Reminds me of the Lakers gym where you can barely see the crowd past the first 5-7rows and the court just exploding with light.


I love it.


November 19th, 2010 at 11:15 AM ^

the way the lights are installed will minimize shadows.  The four tower look creates, well, four shadows.  With the lights in a line and what looks like more actual lights than on the towers, the shadows should be a minimum.  


It looks like they tried to follow Alabama's lighting.  I've thought Bryant-Denny was the best lighted stadium in college football




November 19th, 2010 at 12:16 PM ^

That would have been sooooo awesome if they would have made the Wiscy game a 3:30 game and the second half would have been played after sunset with the lights.  Man, that would have been sweet.