Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2045 posts, RR: 23 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 954 times:
While watching the College World Series today (great stuff, BTW), I noticed that the stadium's lights were on. Now, this was an afternoon game played in plenty of sunlight. I can't imagine that those lights in any way aided the players one iota. This seems to be a fairly common occurrence...so I ask you, why do stadia waste all that candlepower for day games?
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 943 times:
I've heard the answer to this somewhere, and the exact logic escapes me.....but I think it has something to do with the glare from the sun that can occur, especially when the fielders are facing a certain direction.
I would venture a guess that Rosenblatt Stadium likely faces towards either the northeast, east, or southeast, hence the fielders would likely be looking into the afternoon sun. I believe that keeping the lights on sometimes dull the effect of glare.
And, yes, a very compelling series. I wasn't thrilled at last night's result, especially when it looked to me like the runner going to first base in the 10th inning for Rice adjusted his path to the left, in line with the ball about to be thrown, but out of the baseline.
But, since LSU got knocked out, it's on more for the entertainment value.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Airworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 940 times:
They turn the lights on to remove shadows I think. Also, the lights take a lot of time to warm up, so they are prepared in case the game goes into extra innings or something. But I think all of this has to do with the lighting system all stadiums have which are one of a kind. I think they pay for lighting on a year to year basis rather than by Kw/hr.
Eastern L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 127 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 939 times:
I go to the CWS every year, not to follow a team, just for the experience of it. I'm not there right now because I had to return on Thursday due to work. Anyways, if you are standing at home plate batting, you are facing the northeast. Sun glare is almost always there for the fielders. I can't see how those lights would help other than the fact that they are on so they don't need to be turned on in the middle of the game, there is less drastic adjustment to be made. Plus, those lights take about 10 minutes to fire up. That is my theory anyways. If they are always on then the only thing changing the lighting is the sun and that is a gradual process so everyones eyes can adjust better.
AA727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 928 times:
I live in Omaha and make it out to the CWS every year. We've been lucky enough to get behind the plate seats, and even if the lights are on, the glare would still be terrible for the batter. I was wondering the exact same thing when I was there for the Standford vs. S. Carolina game. There has to be some logical reason that someone here knows!
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 878 times:
I'm pretty sure the lights being on, has to do with the fact they do take a long time to warm up and become full strength as well as there being a less drastic adjustment needing to be made with the transition to the lights. I would almost bet a paycheck that sun glare has nothing to do with the lights being on.