Football Design Philosophy
Football fields offer a unique challenge to lighting designers as they typically are multi-use, meaning that not only is football played there, but the band practices, and the soccer and track teams use it as well. An example of a multi-use football field is illustrated in the design below.
With the previously mentioned criteria in mind, pole placement and fixture aiming is critical to a safe and playable field under the lights for all the sports and activities. If the field is truly a football only facility, poles placed on the 20 yard line behind the grand stands is ideal. This allows plenty of light to be aimed into the end zones while cross-aiming in the majority of the field, or modeling, to reduce shadows from the players. Although shadowing is not a significant design criteria for safe play, the lack of shadows is desirable from a spectators point of view. Aiming angles are a critical component of any field lighting project and the closer to horizontal the fixture is aimed, the more glare it will produce. So careful thought must go into every field, no matter how common it may seem, to assure that the lighting design is as glare free as possible.
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