New lights provide bright future for Aggie baseball
Anyone who drives down Gore Boulevard every day probably watched as the lighting projects progressed quickly in recent weeks at McMahon Field and McCord Field, taking less than a month to go from the start of construction to completion.
However, the process to obtain those lights actually started five years ago according to Cameron President John McArthur who was on hand last night as the lights were turned on for the first time at McCord, just a week after the softball field had its lighting dedication.
As the Aggie baseball team launched its first game under the lights against Tarleton State, McArthur took time to discuss the project.
"I asked everyone for their strategic wish list and when we got those we started looking for funding sources," MacArthur said. "One of the first items on the lists were lights at the softball and baseball fields.
"We approached the McMahon Foundation and they agreed to make the grant. They have been such a huge part of making Cameron a great destination for students and athletes. They have their mark all across our great university."
CU Athletic Director Jim Jackson said his role was getting estimates from the various companies and then coming up with the exact amount that would be needed.
"We made sure that we had the best lights we could get and the company (Musco) is probably the best known sports lighting company in the country," Jackson said. "From the time we got the contracts signed to now it was probably about a four month span. Once they started working, it went really fast and we were able to use them this season. We thought that wouldn't happen but they did a great job making it happen.
"They are coming back next week to make final adjustments, but we're really pleased with the lights at both facilities. And we can't say enough about the McMahon Foundation."
Those who turned out could sense a different atmosphere, the lights just seem to pump more interest into fans.
Throw in the support of Arvest Bank and Bar-S Foods, and it becomes a special night indeed. Arvest supplied grills and numerous volunteers to cook the hot dogs, brats and hot links donated by Bar-S and fans were quick to grab them and enjoy a ball park staple.
When the festivities started, junior David Madigan, an Eisenhower product, spoke for the baseball team.
"These lights will provide a brighter future for Cameron baseball, and we are excited about the prospects in future years," Madigan said. "It will allow us more time in the day to attend classes and give more fans a chance to come to games."