Sound, light study says Spirit Communications Park won't be much of a nuisance

Sound, light study says Spirit Communications Park won't be much of a nuisance

The Columbia Fireflies will soon be playing ball along Bull Street, but will all that activity mean noise problems in the surrounding area?

The study is five pages long, but in a nutshell, analysts say trees and surrounding buildings would serve as sound barriers between neighborhoods and the stadium.

The study shows those who live directly outside the stadium are predicted to hear about 75 to 80 decibels of noise. To put that in perspective for you, studies show that's about as loud as a noisy restaurant.

For those who live to the west of Bull Street toward Highway 277, sound levels are expected to be less than 50 decibels, that's equivalent to a passing car with low speed.

Ellen Cooper, who lives in a few blocks away from the site, says she isn't buying the results.

"It did not say that much about sound and noise except to say that trees and houses would block it," Cooper said. "We can hear the fireworks and concerts at Finlay Park and there's building and trees so that to me is just not a good reasoning on locking sound."

Overall, analysts say typical stadium operations would not be louder than the normal levels of sound in the residential area. In fact, they say there's a chance results will change which will result in lower noise levels.

The city also released a stadium light study. For those who have questions about the studies, consultants will meet with the public Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Earlewood Community Center.

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