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Sipping from the Cup

07/16/2015, 6:00pm CDT
By Media Staff

"Sipping from the CUP" is the daily news column in The Daily Kick. Each day during Schwan's USA CUP, we'll be using this column to feature short news items, humorous things seen on the campus, and even some gossip! Read and enjoy.


If you’re a returning customer at Schwan’s USA CUP, you may have noticed that the National Sports Center (NSC) campus is brighter than it was a year ago.

In 2014, the NSC received $475,000 in asset preservation funding from the State of Minnesota part of which was allocated to install new energy-efficient LED lighting system in the 24-year-old Sports Hall, in hallways, the NSC’s parking lots and exterior lighting of some of the NSC buildings. Of the total amount, approximately $380,000 was allocated to the lighting project.

Energy Management Collaborative (EMC), a Minnesota corporation based in Plymouth, won the bid to provide the energy-efficient LED lights.

In addition to reducing energy costs, NSC management expected that the new lights would improve the quality and coverage of the lighting on the NSC campus, especially for sport users in the indoor Sports Hall.

In the fall of 2014, 549 new light fixtures were installed, of which 256 were installed in the Sports Hall and the remainder being exterior fixtures on parking lots and building exteriors.

With six months of usage now recorded, Ashley Marston, the NSC’s Sustainability Manager, reports impressive numbers in energy savings:

“Over the first six months of usage, we have already saved nearly 130,000 kilowatt hours (kWh). This is particularly impressive because we are continually adding more activities on campus,” said Marston. “We’re projecting annual savings of nearly 320,000 kWh. This is a savings equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 30 homes, or roughly the same as the CO2 emissions of 25,000 gallons of gasoline.”


The weather on Thursday at Schwan’s USA CUP was perfect. Well at least that’s what the British referees we talked to told us.

For teams and referees from northern climates the rain and chilly weather was something familiar. The temperature during the afternoon actually dropped, from 74 degrees Farenheit at noon to 70 degrees at 4 p.m., and the persistent drizzle put more than a few on the NSC campus into shiver mode. It was colder at the NSC Thursday than in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The players from Fairbanks probably loved it. Haiti, Aruba and Cayman Islands not so much.

Chilly weather isn’t unheard of at USA CUP, but hot weather is more the norm. On July 16, 2012, just three years ago, the mercury topped out at 98 degrees Farenheit.

But there is some consolation. For those longing for a return to typical USA CUP heat, you won’t have to wait long. The predicted high for Friday, the first day of playoffs, is 89 degrees Farenheit. And the high temperature in Reykjavik, Iceland Thursday was just 55 degrees Farenheit. 

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