Brandywine High School is poised to become the first high school in the district high school to have lights at their athletic complex.
Brandywine High School Athletic Director Rick Shea made his case at the Brandywine School Board meeting and was met with praise from Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick for his due diligence.
"We started discussing this proposal back in December," said Shea. "It's great to know that we have the board's support as well as the neighborhood's-- and it won't cost the taxpayers a nickel."
Shea noted that the funds for the lighting will come from a primarily alumni-based list of contributors.
The company making the lights in question is called Musco.
"In layman's terms, the lights you see at Baynard Stadium are like the sun in your eyes if you look up," said Shea. "With the Musco lights, it's a straight shot down to the field."
Any concerns about light disruption in the area has been identified by Musco as 'one candlelight.' Shea noted that power is equivalent to less than your standard back porch light.
Shea stood in front of the Brandywine School Board with no opposition and Dr. Holodick went so far as to praise Shea's effort.
"The reason I believe this is such a success is that he (Shea) has worked with a lot of people in and around the community, including folks who own property around Brandywine High School," said Holodick. "He engaged the public and when you do that you put yourself in a position to succeed. So I'm proud of Rick and am excited to see some games under the lights this fall."
This comes after a field hockey game that Brandywine played under some temporary road lights.
"We had almost 600 people show up for the middle school and high school games," said Shea. "That just caught the buzz of the people. I think everyone went home excited and it was a prelude for what we want to do."
Concord and Mount Pleasant have run into issues with nearby neighborhood associations in the past in their efforts to add lighting.
The only other traditional public high schools without lights in Delaware are Christiana and William Penn. The four schools in the New Castle County Vo-Tech District -- Delcastle, St. Georges, Hodgson, and Howard -- also do not have the ability to host night games.