PATERSON, NJ – The city is paying $31,500 to repairs the lights at Larry Doby Field, which have been out since last winter as a result of a traffic accident, officials said.
During 2012, there were no night games at the field because of the lighting problem and some city recreation baseball games had to be canceled because of the lack of lighting, officials said.
The traffic accident ended with a motor vehicle ramming into of the light poles, knocking it out. Public Works Director Christopher Coke said the repairs entail far more than simply installing a replacement light pole. “All the lights have to match,’’ he said.
The city council approved the $31,500 repair contract with Musco Sports Lighting from Oskaloosa, Iowa. The work had been delayed as the city tried to see how much of the money Paterson could recoup from the motorist’s insurance policy. But the drive had $1 per day auto insurance, which provided very little coverage, Coke said.
Doby Field is where Eastside plays its home baseball games. The field is also used by various city recreation baseball leagues.
Not having lights this past season “definitely made things more complicated with our schedules,’’ said city recreation supervisor Daniel Inoa.