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Washburn installs lights on football pitch

WASHBURN, Maine (WAGM) – Washburn football fans will now be able to watch games under the lights. Construction is underway to install poles and light the field.

(Larry Worcester): “We were trying to find a way to do this and we were able to get grants with some of the COVID money. We were able to dedicate some of it and a large donation from a local business. We l assembled and we were able to get the lights.

Worcester says that between grant money and local donations, installing the lights does not add money to the budget. the lights are placed on the field on which the girls normally play.

Worcester: “The pitch is in very good condition. It is flatter than our other field which has some dips. This one is right next to the school for the toilets and facility, so it was the logical place to put it.

Athletic director Ron Ericson and Worcester both say there is a buzz around the community and that student-athletes and the community look forward to nighttime football games.

(Ron Ericson): “They love to play under the lights. It’s a different vibe. Fall at night, it’s serene. People can go out and relax. Now we’re going to be able to provide that to our community.

Worcester: “The kids are very excited, the parents are excited. I think we will get people to come to the games without even having kids playing. It will be a lot of fun.”

This will allow the team to train at night during the harvest break and allow flexibility in the game schedule.

Ericson: “Trying to create excitement. I think that will help diversify our program and make it more flexible when we can play.

Worcester says it also paves the way for other events and uses of the land.

Worcester: “Hopefully the mood will light up on Friday night and we can play later. The other thing we hope to do is allow the recreation department to use the land. Make it a versatile field. In winter, put a ski slope around the land. We try to do other events, not just football, but if the city wanted to use the land for an event. Things we can do at night that we couldn’t do otherwise.

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