In the past 20 years, lightning strikes have killed 91 people and injured more than 400 here in Colorado. Lightning is just one of the dangerous weather phenomena that pose a threat to the more than 60,000 students and spectators who attend games, meets and other events each year at the Cherry Creek School District’s two stadiums; the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village and Legacy Stadium 14 miles to the east in Aurora.
To better protect stadium users, the district has installed scientific weather stations at both facilities.
“They can detect cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning and sound an alert - that sounds like a loud horn – to clear the stadiums,” said Larry Bull, Director of Athletics and Activities for Cherry Creek Schools. “It’s all about safety.”
Randy Councell, the district’s Director of Safety and Security agrees.
“Advance warning allows us to implement our evacuation protocols and get players off the field and fans out of the stands before dangerous weather hits,” said Councell.
The stations also let officials know when it’s safe to resume play. The stations record 27 weather measurements, including temperature, wind speed, wind chill and more, in real time. District officials can use that information to make decisions about events, transportation, even school delays and closures.
Students and teachers can also access the data online and use it in classes, especially science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM classes.
“The weather stations bring us dual benefits,” said Dr. Scott Siegfried, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Support Services. “They improve safety at our stadiums and enhance the STEM curriculum in our classes.”
Parents and the public can also access the weather station data:Stutler Bowl weather station
. Legacy Stadium weather station
.Posted March 28, 2013.