Southeastern to power up stadium lights, break ground for parking facility
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will power up Strawberry Stadium’s new lights and formally break ground for the new parking facility under construction next door at a ceremony at dusk on Aug. 15.
The groundbreaking for the new “intermodal transportation facility,” funded by a student-assessed fee and scheduled to open in spring 2008, is set for 8:15 p.m. outside West Strawberry Stadium’s north end zone gates (corner of Galloway Drive and Western Ave.)
The brief ceremony will include remarks by President Randy Moffett, Director of Athletics Joel Erdmann, and representatives of the Student Government Association.
Following the ceremony, Moffett will switch on the new stadium lights. As the lights warm up to their full power, campus and community members are invited to enjoy refreshments inside the stadium, where the university’s cheerleaders, band members and Lion mascot Roomie will cheer on the public’s first opportunity to view the the full effect of the new lights.
The new lighting system is more than three times brighter than the old lights, which served the 70-year-old stadium for decades. Four 100-foot specially engineered concrete light towers, each with 48 1,500-watt bulbs, will project more than 100 candle foot light power, as opposed to the old system’s 35-40 candle foot lights.