This summer, some of the best activities that we can participate in are all outdoors. Everybody enjoys going to major events, and getting the most out of our summer experience. One thing that we don’t often stop to think about is the amount of power it takes to run each activity.
Until you are the one setting up an event, you don’t realize how much thought and effort go into planning for the amount of electricity required. Every single detail is well thought out. Some aspects have to be planned months in advance, many of which the participants don’t even notice. Electricity is one of those things that as a guest you don’t think about, but is crucial to it all. Some of our favorite activities could not be run without the proper power supply.
Outdoor concerts are a summer tradition for many. There are many different kinds of concerts that are played, from country groups on the state fairgrounds, to every other kind of band played at the best outdoor venues.
USANA Amphitheatre is located in West Valley City, Utah, and is named after the nutritional supplement manufacturer. One of the things that make this venue great is the backdrop. Instead of your typical concert venue, the Wasatch Mountains outline the amphitheater. USANA amphitheater opened in 2003 and since then has been a fixture in the music scene.
With a seating capacity of 20,000, it is important that the power is functioning properly at this venue. While attending you may not think about the electricity behind the lights, sound, and visual effects, but that is essential to the production. Next time you attend an outdoor event such as this, take the time to enjoy the lights and sounds, as well as appreciate the power that went behind the production.
On September 2, 1880, the first baseball game was played at night with the help of the electrical light and carbon arc lamps, which had just been invented. This was the first time that nine innings could be played after the sun had fallen. The lighting wasn’t the best quality, and it was hard for spectators to see the plays.
More attempts were made and, in 1896, arc lights were installed in Union Street Ground. On July 4, two games were played by day and the last at night with the help of the lights. The third game was completely unsuccessful. The lights were not powerful enough, and the ball kept on getting lost in the dark. The outfielders weren’t even visible to the spectators. The first professional night baseball game was played on May 2, 1930 in a Western League game between a Des Moines, IA team and a Wichita, KS team. It wasn’t until five years later on May 24, 1935 that the MLB had their first ever night game.
Since this time, baseball stadiums have evolved even further, until it was possible to enjoy a good game at any time of night. Power is now one of the most critical elements of play. Between the scoreboard, the concession stands, and the lighting when dusk hits, electricity used to fuel everything seems to be almost as critical as the players themselves.
Although we might not think of it often, power is one of the most essential elements of our summer activities. Instead of taking it for granted, next time you are at one of these events, take note of the power that is making the event possible.