Southwest High School Football Field Could Get Lights
For six years Laura Horan has lived right across the street from Southwest High school's football field. She says, she has loved every minute of it.
"It's actually more of a benefit than it is anything distracting or bothersome," Horan said.
Horan and many other residents who's homes face Southwest stadium could see a significant change in the near future. The school is pursuing permanent lights and other upgrades to the stadium. he idea came from a guy named harvey feldman who graduated from southwest in 1961.
"Who happened to go to one game once in the history of this field that had temporary lighting and he was completely blown away by that," Michelle Klein said.
Michelle Klein represents the Southwest Foundation. Her group is helping to raise the money needed. Southwest is the only school in the Minneapolis School District that doesn't have lights for nighttime track meets, soccer tournaments and football games. Feldman decided to do something about it. he offered to match all donations up to $300,000. It is going to cost $299,000 which includes design, permitting and installation.
"We probably have, it's under a hundred thousand for our donations but we're getting there," Klein said.
The group has started a Facebook page, put up billboards and they are even selling tickets at the school to raise money.
Quite a few residents have raised some concerns about traffic, security and trash. But Horan says, the added activity will be a plus to the community.
"I think it gives the whole neighborhood sort of a festive feel," Horan said.