- A study examining whether adding permanent lights for football
games at Memorial Stadium at the University of California,
Berkeley, could affect scenic vistas and the historic nature
of the stadium, among other issues, has concluded that there
would be no significant impact on the environment.
environmental study, called an Initial Study under the California
Environmental Quality Act, was issued today (Friday, June
16). A community meeting has been scheduled for June 29 at
7 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room at the stadium. Public comments
on the environmental study are being sought through July 17.
study with more than 100 pages of appendices examines a number
of environmental aspects including aesthetics, which takes
into account scenic vistas, the visual character of the area
and its surroundings, and glare from lights. It also assesses
potential impacts on cultural resources such as whether the
proposed project would alter the historical significance of
Memorial Stadium, built in 1923. In all cases, the report
found, the proposed project would not have a significant impact
on the environment.
will be used for football games only. In all, it is anticipated
that the lights will be used no more than four to six times
proposes to install nine free-standing poles and light fixtures
around the outside perimeter of the 70,000-seat stadium. The
poles would extend from 65 to 70 feet above the rim of the
stadium. The dimensions of the banks of lights would range
from 8 feet high by 18 feet across to 12 1/2 feet high by
20 feet across.
lights originally were scheduled to be installed for last
fall's football season. When neighbors who live in the hills
near the stadium raised specific concerns, the campus agreed
to put the project on hold until questions about the impact
of installing permanent lights could be assessed.
past, temporary lights were trucked to the stadium and set
up for late-afternoon televised games. But Fox television,
which televises most of the games, needs permanent lighting
installed and is paying for the installation. Television revenue,
which is a major source of income for the campus's athletics
program, averages approximately $250,000 a game. All collegiate
stadiums in the Pac 10 conference now either have permanent
lights or are in the process of installing them for television
guidelines do not require an environmental assessment for
the stadium lights to be installed, according to UC Berkeley
planners. However, last fall the campus agreed to do the Initial
Study at the request of neighbors and to have it prepared
by outside environmental consultants.
the campus has hired a professional firm do to visual simulations
to illustrate what the poles and light standards will look
like from various points. Full-color
photo simulations are included in the Initial Study.
lighting will be designed to prevent "spill over"
into the surrounding neighborhood and is expected to decrease
the light glare that had been generated by the temporary lights.
The campus also has offered to send lighting engineers to
individual homes at the request of homeowners to tune the
lights to ensure there is no glare into the houses.
of the lights is anticipated to begin in mid-to-late summer
and take three months to complete.
Full-color photo simulations
12 Jul 2000)