COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University broke ground this summer on multiple projects to improve The Capital Center and Bernlohr Stadium. These improvements will include the installation of lighting fixtures and an enhanced audio system at Bernlohr Stadium, plus improvements to the weight room inside the facility.
The Bernlohr Stadium lighting project marks the third and final phase of the Bernlohr Stadium Improvement Project that began in 2011 when artificial surfacing, called Field Turf, and the outdoor track surface were implemented. Phase two included the 2012 installation of the ball retrieval gate, safety rails that line the west-side seating area and the Richard P. Hartmann Family LED scoreboard.
Capital has partnered with Musco Sports Lighting to provide state-of-the-art LED (light-emitting diode) lighting that will offer student-athletes the ability to train and compete during the morning and evening hours, as well as in overcast weather conditions. Musco has established itself as a leader in the sports lighting industry with its well-known track record that includes work at The Palace at Auburn Hills (Detroit, Mich.), and collegiate facilities at Michigan State University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Arizona, to name a few. Musco has also provided its services to high-profile projects that include national monuments, like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, White House and the Washington Monument, and the national pastime, like the 2015 Little League World Series Games.
Five light fixture poles will be strategically positioned around the boundaries of Bernlohr Stadium to provide maximum on-field lighting. The latest LED technology will ensure virtually no light spill outside of the stadium. Limitations on its usage will allow for a total of 30 Capital or approved community athletic events, 24 licenses to play night games until 9:30 p.m., and one license to hold an athletic event until 11 p.m. Additional restrictions are in place for light usage during practices.
”We are excited to be able to host evening events because moving events to the evening will enhance the experience of Capital University student-athletes, the student-athletes from other schools, and makes it more convenient for those who wish to attend our contests,” said director of athletics and recreation Dr. Steve Bruning.
SoundCom Systems is also currently partnered with Capital to provide its services toward the new Convergent Media Center under construction on the west side of campus. Additional SoundCom clients include the I-X Center (Cleveland, Ohio), The Ohio State University, Nationwide Insurance, H.J. Heinz Company, and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
These efforts are part of an ongoing movement to enrich the student experience and athletic atmosphere for student-athletes and fans. In March, the surface of The Capital Center Performance Area was replaced and now sports a new two-tone floor design. Additionally, Capital Improvement Project funding is being used to upgrade and repair equipment in the Cap Center weight room facility.