Your July 30 editorial "Rodgers Forge vs. TU …" was fair and balanced, but it misses the most important point — field location. We agree that TU is within its rights to build and grow and that it must meet certain Title IX requirements. The TU press release of July 29 makes clear their intention to add lights to the softball field in the future — presumably as soon as funding or donations allow.
The campus has over 100 acres in the athletic precinct. A May review by TU's facilities department identified a viable alternative location for the field interior to the precinct. The location is within a natural bowl and allows for a premier softball facility including stadium lighting. A study of NCAA lighted women's softball fields (searchable through Google Maps) shows most located in the center of their campus athletic complex. Review of the distance of each lighted field to the nearest residential neighborhoods reveals that most are hundreds of feet away from neighbors with the shortest distance being over 200 feet.
It appears that TU is unique in the nation in building athletic facilities within 50 feet of adjacent neighborhoods. As Paul Hartman, President of GTCCA, says in his opposition letter (attached) "The cheapest and easiest option may not always be the best course to being a good neighbor."