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CSU to add lights for 2014 season, host The Citadel on Sept. 20

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern will play the first-ever night football game at Buccaneer Field in 2014. The university announced on Tuesday that lights would be the newest addition to the Whitfield Stadium Center and Buccaneer Field.

Construction on the lights will begin following the completion of the 2013 season and is the first step in a number of planned improvements to Whitfield Stadium Center and Buccaneer Field.

"This is another step in the direction we are taking our program," CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell said. "We want to be able to host night games, playoff games, and to give our University and community an even better atmosphere to be a part of here at CSU. When you play college football, you want to be able to play at home under lights and this is another commitment we are making as program."

The addition of lights open up possibilities including an expanded TV schedule, Thursday night games, and the possibility of hosting future FCS Playoff games. The lights will also enhance CSU's tradition-rich track program, which will host the 2015 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The lights will be the second set added to an athletic field on the CSU campus inside of calendar year. CSU added lights to its baseball field, CSU Ballpark, in April.

"The addition to lights to the CSU Football & Track Stadium is another step in the expansion of our facility which will provide our student-athletes and fans an outstanding experience," Dr. Rick Brewer, Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics said. "The possibility for playing games on Thursday evenings opens up tremendous opportunities for regional television coverage while enhancing sporting events options for our Lowcountry neighbors. The possibility for hosting NCAA and Big South Conference Track & Field events is equally enhanced by the addition of competitive field lights. This project is a component of a multi-phase plan designed to enhance CSU's Football & Track Stadium as funds become available."

Musco Sports Lighting, which also provided the lights at CSU Ballpark, will also install the lights at Buccaneer Field.

The addition of the lights comes on the heels of the announcement of a visit to Buccaneer Field from crosstown-rival The Citadel. The Bulldogs have never played at Whitfield Stadium Center and will do so for the first time on September 20, 2014. The two teams will play a home-and-home series in 2014 and 2015.

"I think it's a sign of where our program is headed that we are able to attract quality opponents to come play (at CSU)," Chadwell added. "We're excited to have The Citadel come play here and hopefully that game will be the first of many big additions to our future home schedules."

The Buccaneers rallied to beat The Citadel, 32-29, on Aug. 31. The momentum from the win has propelled the Bucs to a record-setting season and into position for their first Big South Conference title in eight years.

Courtesy: CSU

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