Lights go on at Chihuahuas ballpark for first time

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:06am

Downtown El Paso received a glimpse of the bright future awaiting the city's new Triple-A ballpark.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, the stadium tested its field lights, illuminating the future home field of the El Paso Chihuahuas for the first time.

Pint-sized local Tee Ball team the El Paso Gators was given the honor.

One by one, the small players of the team relayed walkie-talkie messages, giving the signal to turn on each stadium light.

"It's fantastic," City Chief Engineer Alan Schubert told NewsChannel 9 Tuesday evening.

Schubert said Southwest University Park is still on schedule to open in time for the Chihuahuas' sold-out first home game on April 28.

"Construction is going very well," he said. "We've been very fortunate with the weather."

When asked if the park's lights could prove to be too bright for neighboring apartment buildings, Schubert said the lights are compliant with City standards.

"We've done studies," he said. "We're trying to make this park a great place, yet not a hindrance." 


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