Due to a problem with newly installed lights at Turchin Stadium, Tulane is moving up its baseball season opener from 6:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
The Green Wave will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff to open the season. The four-game series includes a double-header on Saturday which is now scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., up from its original 2 p.m. scheduled slot.
"After a new lighting system was installed at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, unforeseen technical issues with the lighting of the field and stands have arisen," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "To ensure the most competitive and safest lighting environment for both student-athletes and fans, we are changing the start times for our first opponent- the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. We are working closely with the manufacturer and engineers to get the lighting system online for the remainder of the season and expect it will be done within two to three weeks."
Sources tell The Advocate the cause for concern is not about the lights’ ability to turn on or brighten the playing surface, but they are not conducive to playing conditions due to their intensity or direction.
There is still no word on whether any other game times will be affected by the lights. The Green Wave’s weekday contests are all scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. this season, including Tuesday’s game against cross-town rival UNO.