Target Field lights shine for 100 hours

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September 28, 2009 // UPDATED 5:21 pm - October 5, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner
Amanda Kushner
Downtown is looking a little brighter.

For 100 hours, which began Monday morning, the scoreboard lights will shine 192 feet above Target Field while the roof canopy lights are 144 feet above the ground, according to a press release.

The metal halide lights are brighter when turned on and will flatten to their normal state after 100 hours. Gephart Electric Company installed the lights, which required about 130,000 feet of wire to route power, the release said.

The burning of the lights allows the lights to become a consistent color. After the 100 hours the lighting levels are calculated. Each of the 746 fixtures are aimed at an x/y coordinate on the field, but they are designed to minimize light spill and glare. Following the burning final aiming will take 1 week, the release said.

Dan Kenney, executive director of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, said Monday afternoon that he was excited for dark so that he could see the lights on at night.