Excitement is abound for the first-ever night game for Cal baseball as the first light tower was raised Tuesday (March 19) at Evans Diamond. The foundations for all eight towers are anticipated to be complete by March 24 and the new light towers and all the new light fixtures are scheduled to arrive on March 25 from Iowa.
“The entire project team – Overaa Construction, Brereton Architects, Capital Projects, and Athletics -remain unified toward a common mission, hosting the first ever night baseball game at Evans Diamond on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Capital Projects Bob Milano, Jr. “Thanks to the entire Cal baseball community, the efforts of every member of the construction team, and the University, we plan to host the USC Trojans team to open the 2013 Pac-12 home schedule under the lights. We will be playing night baseball.”
The eight 90-foot light poles will be erected around Evans Diamond will support nighttime television broadcasts, team practice and training for the Golden Bears. A modern electronic scoreboard, measuring 38 feet wide by 31 feet high, will also be installed in left-center field at Evans Diamond. The new scoreboard will offer scoring, game information, as well as fixed advertising and a full color video board measuring 24 feet wide by 14 feet high. The anticipated completion of the scoreboard is about six weeks away.
Construction team includes Nathan Nethers, Ben Brown, Joe Eisele, Claudia Martinez and Kristen Burrell.