Some dorm residents at the University of Texas lost some sleep after new LED lights at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium were left on over night.
“I took this video last night at 2 am — this has been the second night that UT Athletics has left the color changing floodlights at DKR on ALL night, making my roommate and I not able to fall asleep for hours,” said @okg4be in an X post directed at athletic director Chris Del Conte.
@_delconte Hey, student at UT here. I took this video last night at 2 am - this has been the second night that UT Athletics has left the color changing floodlights at DKR on ALL night, making my roommate and I not able to fall asleep for hours. Were they left on accidentally? pic.twitter.com/v3CyRcJlj7— Gabriel (@okg4be) September 22, 2023
The LEDs are typically turned on between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., said Roderick Collier, a biomedical engineering freshman living in San Jacinto Residence Hall, which is located across the street from the stadium.
“They usually go on throughout the week before games,” Collier said. “It’s pretty bright. Even if I were to close my blinds, some light would still be able to go through.”
According to The Daily Texan, some dorms have a direct view of the stadium with no way to block out the light.
Deconte has responded to tweets, saying "Sorry about this I know they are testing the entire system. Will double check with our staff…"