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Residents have new complaint about Henry Sibley High School stadium

Updated: September 06, 2019 10:18 PM

Henry Sibley High School played their first game on a new field Friday. It's part of a multi-million dollar upgrade at the school that got pushback from some neighbors last fall. They were concerned about lights shining into their homes. But now they're worried about something else.

"It was very, very loud at the get-go. I closed the windows. I could hear every single word very crystal clear with my windows closed on the main floor of my house," Matt Kulhnek said.

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Matt lives right beyond some trees that block his view of the field. He says his family plans to leave on Friday's when there are games going on.

But Matt isn't alone with his unhappiness about the new stadium and the noise it brings. Just down the block and around the corner, Robert Bee feels the same way.

"It's noisy. We had to close all the windows and doors last night so we could enjoy our evening," Bee said.

Until this season, all of the warrior's home games were played at Matson Field in West St. Paul. In 2018 voters approved a $117-million bond issue for facilities improvements district-wide. The new football stadium was controversial when it was proposed because some residents felt it would change the neighborhood. Many were concerned about 80-foot light poles shining light into their homes at night.

"The foot print for the lights hits the edge of the track and that's about where it ends. And I was here last night at our soccer game on the back trail behind it. And if you're not looking up you don't know that there's light going on," football head coach Tom Orth said.

He says for his team to be on this field on a Friday night is huge.

"This is a special place right now, someplace the kids are real proud to be on and they deserve to have the opportunity to step out here," he said.

The school district says work on the stadium isn't finished yet. They're putting up a special fence, and more trees between the field and neighboring homes to help block the noise.

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