Arundel High's New Stadium Lights Set to Go
Carroll Field will have new lights in time for football season, after a two-year fundraising effort and help from the state and county.
Wide receivers at Arundel High should have a better look at balls coming their way this fall, as new stadium lights will be operational in time for football season.
The new lights at Carroll Field are in place and will be tested this week, said Jeff Madison, president of the Arundel High School athletic boosters. The new lights have been put in following a two-year fundraising effort.
“I have a feeling it will be a drastic change this year," Madison said. “I told [parents] they'll actually be able to see their kids out there and maybe even see a face out there. It won’t be a bunch of blurs."
The new stadium lights will feature four towers that are taller and about twice as bright as previous lights.
The total cost of the system came to more than $300,000, and it includes costs for a new speaker system at Carroll Field. The athletic boosters raised more than $100,000 and hopes to raise about $30,000 more.
The club also received a $100,000 bond from the county, and is waiting on money from a $100,000 bond from the state. To ensure the project would go forward over the summer, the boosters also signed a $50,000 loan with the county Board of Education.
Most of the installation was handled by Annapolis-based Tang Electric.
Madison, whose son Cody graduated from Arundel in 2011, said the new lights will be especially helpful during lacrosse season, due to the speed and size of the ball.
Madison said the booster club will continue to raise money, and will hold its annual bull roast on Dec. 14 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.
Moving forward, he said the club will turn its attention to getting a new dugout for the girls softball team, upgrading the brick walkway to the stadium and getting a new scoreboard for the main gym.