Lights Added at Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
Light it and They Will Come (by Kristin Hanson - August, 2017)
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins baseball team already plays in one of the top Division III on-campus facilities in the nation, Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium. The facility, which opened in 2015, includes an all-weather playing surface, grandstands, large dugouts with double-tiered benches and bat racks, a scoreboard with video and animation capabilities and a press box equipped to provide HD video streaming of Blue Jay home games.
Thanks to the generous support of alumni, parents and friends of Hopkins baseball, when the Blue Jays take the field for the first time in 2018, they’ll notice another addition to the facility – lights! When the facility was originally constructed, the infrastructure for lighting was installed with a plan to complete that addition in the future. The future, as it turns out, is 2018 and for the first time in school history, evening baseball will be played on the Homewood campus.
The lighting system was installed in late January and tested in early February. When the Blue Jays host that first game on February 24, there will be no fear of getting the game in before it’s too dark.
Blue Jay head coach Bob Babb has no plans at this point to play an extensive number of evening games, but he did make several tweaks to the team’s 2018 schedule to allow players – from both teams – to miss less class time by scheduling games for later in the afternoon with no fear of darkness halting a contest. Only one game, an April 13 game against Centennial rival Gettysburg, has been set for an evening start (6 pm).
The addition of the lighting system will also allow for practices to begin after classes have ended, will make hosting the annual Centennial Conference Tournament a little easier (no more 9 am first-pitches on the middle day of the tournament) and make Johns Hopkins and attractive hosting option in the newly-formatted NCAA Division III Tournament, which will go to four-team on-campus regionals, followed by a weekend series for Super Regionals, in 2019.
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