Workers braving cold to install new pole lights at Longview’s Lear Park
LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - They are almost taken for granted: stadium lights. But without them we’d only be able to watch games during the day. KLTV caught up with a crew that specializes in lighting up the field wherever that field may be. This time it’s at Longview’s Lear Park.
Ben Poll works for Sportsbeams Lighting, and it’s pretty obvious what they do.
“We light up football fields, soccer fields, baseball fields, stadiums everywhere,” Poll said.
Everywhere, including China, and Longview. He says anything over thirty feet in the air and they’re up to it.
“Our specialty is we do the designs for the different fields that we work on. As well as basically prepare all the material and have it shipped out to site,” Poll said.
But sometimes when the whole field is lit with their LED lights, there’s that one light that burned up time the day before.
“You have to remove controls. You have to remove power and just kind of see what’s causing the issues. That one resulted into a little bit of a control error,” Poll said.
Fortunately, they finished that up before hail rained from the sky. Ben said he spent a very loud five minutes in his van, but the lights shone through. The lighting has to be even.
“We need to know the measurements of the field. We need to know how far we’re putting the poles off the field lines,” Poll said.
He says a computer makes the calculations and the lights are aimed before they’re put up.
“You often deal with more than one field, I guess,” I said.
“Yeah, quite a few sports complexes, sim
ilar to this. As well as bigger stadiums. So, Raymond James Stadium where the Buccaneers play, we’ve done the lights there,” Poll said.
“As far as temperature contrast between today and yesterday, was this the most dramatic one you’ve ever had?” I asked Ben.
“Actually no, but pretty close,” Poll said.
And yes, they’ll have to go back when it’s even colder to make sure the lights are even at night. I think I’d just wait another night. This is East Texas.
And all of the fields are expected to be ready to light up the night by the end of the week.
We’ll have more on this story later today.
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