A new and better light will shine on the gridiron at Murray State’s Roy Stewart Stadium when the Racers begin their 45th season of collegiate football at the famous concrete cathedral against Kentucky Wesleyan, Aug. 31.
The home of Racer Football, the new lights are a welcome addition to the stadium that has seen 239 MSU games played since the first in 1973. MSU has won 65 percent of their games at Stewart Stadium.
“We are very excited for this light upgrade,” said Brock Rydecki, MSU Assistant AD for Facilities & Game Management. “Moving to the LED configuration, this is a great upgrade for Stewart Stadium. We’ll have less lamps, but double the lighting levels of our previous lights and the cost savings with the new technology is tremendous. The new lights will make our fans and players have a better game day experience.”
The contractor on the Stewart Stadium project is Knight Electric out of Russellville, Kentucky. The Musco Lighting Company is the manufacture of the LED lighting. When the light towers were placed this week, the job of heavy lifting went to General Steel Crane and Rigging Company from Hopkinsville, Ky.
This new lighting system features additional lamps directed out into the stadium parking lot and neighboring walkways. The system offers mobile controls and it has the ability to maximize efficiency of what wattage is used according to need.
“The lights will be going to through a stage of connection, aiming, and testing, but we are looking to have an operating system at or around August 15,” Rydecki said. “Musco, Knight and General have been amazing to work with, and we cannot wait to see the final product in use for Racer football games and other events at Stewart Stadium.”
Fans can also get a look at the new lights when the local Crosstown Classic high school football game is played on Aug. 25.