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O’Connell Electric Helps Lancaster Legends Play Under the Lights This Football Season

O’Connell Electric Helps Lancaster Legends Play Under the Lights This Football Season

The Lancaster Legends football team will be able to play their first game of the season under the lights thanks to the generosity of local electrical contractor, O’Connell Electric.

Recent windstorms caused damage to the stadium lighting poles at Foyle-Kling Field. Out of an abundance of caution, Lancaster Central School District closed the stadium and the track until the poles could be repaired.An electrical crew in a cherry picker truck installs guy wires on a pole on the football field.

“One of the wooden lighting poles at our football stadium failed and several others were compromised as a result of the November 15, 2020 wind event. The poles were further compromised after another wind event on March 26, 2021 and the decision was made to close off the area until it was made safe. With the opening of football season just over a week away, we considered just removing the poles and rescheduling the games to Saturdays, when they could be played during the day, but we knew how much playing under the lights meant to everybody,” Director of Facilities Michael Bryniarski explained.  

O’Connell Electric was called in came up with another solution. The company deployed a line crew to install guy wires and anchors to stabilize each of the compromised poles as a temporary solution for this football season. The crew worked diligently to complete the work in time for the first game, and the company provided the solution to the district free of charge.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to play under the lights in front of my parents,” Tommy Carlsen, sophomore offensive lineman, said.

The district would like to thank O’Connell Electric for their generosity that allowed our student athletes the opportunity to have a safe and fun home opener and season.

“It means a great deal to our team, especially our seniors to be able to play under the lights for their last year at Foyle-Kling Field. Our stadium on Friday Nights has an atmosphere like nowhere else. We know attendance will be limited this year, but it’s still an incredible feeling to be able to take the fields on Friday night,” Legends Football Coach Eric Rupp said.

“I am extremely blessed to take the field one last time as a senior on this field,” Ethan Kowalski, senior captain, said. 

Long term plans for the lights include a full replacement with metal poles and LEDs, allowing for fewer poles, as part of the district’s capital project work to be completed over the summer.