Ram Stadium gets new lights – Valley Times-News

Ram Stadium gets new lights

Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022

Ram Stadium will receive an upgrade for the football season with new lighting that will include all new LED lights.

Most of the lights that had previously been in Ram Stadium had been there since 2001, so the Chambers County School Board decided to invest in the stadium’s long-term lighting.

The lights will be a major upgrade for the stadium, and they will add to the entertainment factor.

The cost of the new lights will be $287,000, with ten-year warranty financing available through a refinanced bond in 2020 to support district maintenance and upgrades. This cost does not include taxes, labor, installation and unloading of equipment. A total of 66 new lights will be installed, 12 of which are color changing. They will also include technology that will optimize visibility for players.

Chambers County School District superintendent Casey Chambley and the school board hired Musco to install the new lights.

“They’ll flicker and change color and flash,” Chambley said. “We spoke to the coach [Adam] Hunter on this. It was more for us to be able to do something for our athletes and for our community.

Chambley also mentioned that the lights will be on a timer so people at the sports complex can see early in the morning.

“We had several lights out last year,” Chambley said. “We had to replace them. Last April we noticed at one of our football games that we had about 25 or 26 lights out on four different poles. We knew we were going to have to consider replacing them.

Over the years the lighting has deteriorated, some lights go out and others dim.

“There have been a lot of issues where the light’s glass film is building up moisture and you either have to change it or clean it,” Chambley said. “A lot of them had that, and it darkened the pitch. We knew we had to do something about it.

The school district chose to install new LED lights instead of simply replacing lights that were out.

“We had a contractor look at replacing the lights,” Chambley said. “The board has decided that we are going to have a hard time getting the old lights. We are definitely going to have a hard time getting those same lights in the years to come as everything is going to LEDs. The board considered an upgrade complete and how much it would save us instead of using the old halogen lights, we thought it would be best to do a complete lighting upgrade.

The council chose Musco because of the other lighting projects they have done throughout Alabama.

“They just completed an upgrade in Russell County with their new football facility,” Chambley said. “They are upgrading at Central Phenix City and Auburn High. They’re a very reputable band, so we thought that was the way to go.

The project started in the spring, but they started installing the lights this week.

“We had to go through a bidding process and work with engineers from Montgomery,” Chambley said. “We worked with Musco. They had to order the product, but Musco makes all of their lamps. »

They have hired an electrical company from Columbus to install the lights, and it will be done within the next two weeks.

“Part of the deal was that they had to be ready by the time Valley played their first game,” Chambley said.

The lights will be featured in Valley’s home opener against Beauregard on September 2.

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