Let the Games Begin — at Night

Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, USF’s Bishop John M. D’Arcy Stadium has new lights, which will allow the university to have college football night games. The four 80-foot poles, installed June 21 and 22, provide 1,500-watt lights or 75-candela (candle power) from more than 70 new Musco Lighting lamps.

USF will play its first night game on Sat., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in D’Arcy Stadium. That game, against Concordia University of Ann Arbor, Mich., is also USF’s Homecoming game.

In addition to making college football night games possible, the lights enable the Cougars to practice with a full team in the mornings before classes, without the need for temporary lighting. The stadium will be available to all the university’s other athletic teams, too, including men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball.

Contractor for the job, Hambrock Electric, Inc., put in the installation’s infrastructure and later tested the lights. The lighting poles were installed by Kern Electrical of Bedford, Ind. View photos of the installation, as well as quotes from USF Head Football Coach Kevin Donley.