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Bids were recently submitted to replace the lights for Missouri State University’s Plaster Sports Complex which fell on July 14th of this year. The university is remaining cautious of its budget concerns due to possible cuts in state funding for upcoming fiscal years. With budget concerns in mind, the replacement of the lights will be delayed indefinitely. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.
The lowest bid for new lights at Plaster Sports Complex was just under half a million dollars. According to the Missouri State University website, university president Michael Nietzel decided that the most responsible action would be to delay plans to replace the lighting. The delay will allow the university to seek private donations to help offset the costs of the project.
According to Vice President for Administrative and Information Services Ken McClure, the temporary lighting for the facilities will be adequate to light the Ozarko Band Festival on October 17th. He says they are not, however, sufficient to light any competitive sports.
“We’re limiting our competitive events to daytime events. That’s been the biggest scheduling challenge for us,” said McCluer.
The university is asking the prospective companies for a 25 year warranty on the new lights. The original lights were 35 years old. The university says the lights had a life span of 25-40 years. McClure also said that due to developments in lighting technology, the new lighting will be more energy efficient. For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.