The SVC development concept has undergone many modifications and a significant reduction in size since 2010, in large part, due to feedback and input from neighbors. Reducing light impact has been achieved by situating the stadium and parking lot near the interior of the property (and finding the best orientation); cutting the stadium seating in half (to 2,500); and removing lighting from the eastern practice fields.
Per City code, the maximum allowed illumination at the interior buffer yard line is not to exceed two foot candles (fc). According to the Light Study, the calculated spill light level at the property boundary would range from 0.004 to 0.044 fc at the Moffat subdivision, and 0.044 to 0.050 fc at the Garfield Court subdivision. Those levels would register at a foot candle level that is less than that of bright moonlight.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Would all the fields be lit?
No, as a result of listening to our neighbor's concerns, St. Ambrose would only light the stadium, and not the practice fields.
Where would the lights be situated?
The lights would be situated in such a way so as to minimize impact. New technology has become so sophisticated that lights can be focused on only the field.
How tall would the lights be?
City Code restricts recreational light standards to 80 feet. Musco Lighting recommends three 90-foot poles and three 80-foot poles. The higher poles would increase the light levels on the track and playing surface while limiting light spill past the stadium. The University is asking for a waiver (of the 80-foot restriction) in order to reduce light spill.
How long would the lights be on?
SAU football games are played during the day. Assumption High School may host four to six Friday night football games that would typically finish sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.