According to Athletic Director Tim Storch, the lights at Wildcat Stadium are outdated, and not up to code with Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).
The current lights in Wildcat Stadium would be replaced with LED lights and new light stands. The current stadium lights are extremely dim and make it hard to see. The lights should be in the range of 30 to 50 lumens by the standards of MHSAA, but the stadium’s best results were only 10.4 lumens, which is about as bright as a bedroom night light. MHSAA requirements require lighting to be 30-50 lumens to cover 6-8 lumens per square foot.
The district has not solicited bids from lighting companies but did hear preliminary prices based upon standard lights. Standard lights, which have a 25 year life span, were estimated to cost the district between $50,000 and $100,000.
The district will be working with phone companies as well as doing fundraising activities to pay for the new stadium lights and taxing bids for funding. Dim lighting makes it hard for the athletes to play, and hard to compete to their fullest potential when they can barely see at all. Storch also said that it’s at a point where they might have to consider Saturday afternoon events. New lights could also be an advantage for cell phone providers as they use the light towers as all purpose towers. The light towers would double as reception towers as well, since they double as reception towers, cellphone service would be stronger on this side of the state.
Athletes have been hoping for brighter stadium lights and so have the Wildcat fans.