Updated: 08/30/2013 6:20 AM
Created: 08/29/2013 10:49 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
The Southwest Lakers football team played their first game ever under permanent lights in Minneapolis Thursday night.
The players say it's a new feeing of intensity. "I love that, I live for that," one player said.
The fans are happy too. "The whole idea of playing in the evening under the lights to me is what high school football should be all about," said alumnus Vick Greenstein.
So how did this all come about after 73 years? 1961 alumnus Harvey Feldman said he was inspired to help fund the process while at a football game. "I went to Washburn in 2010 and we were playing for the championship and I loved the atmosphere. When we did the temporary lights in 2011 then I knew," he said.
Feldman approached the school about helping out to get permanent lights. He also wanted the students and their parents to help, and that's exactly what he got. Feldman put in $250,000 of his own money and just over $40,000 was raised by the community.
"It's all about the kids, these kids need to be respected. City kids are first class kids and they don't go second class here anymore," Feldman said.
Feldman is in the process of putting a new air conditioning system in the school's theater and plans to renovate the gym.