Lights won't increase OPRF game attendance, only problems

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The Huskies Booster Club is interested in increasing attendance at football games and other sporting events and they think that putting lights on the stadium will do the trick. First, friends, there is little interest in lacrosse and field hockey, and soccer will always remain a minor sport in this country. As far as football, their intentions are admirable but the fan base just isn't there. When Oak Park High had 4,400 students, and Oak Park itself had a population of 63,000, the stadium attendance was good. Today, the student body is 2,700, and the village population is 53,000. In addition, 25-30 percent of those are members of the "non-participant group" of residents. So, in fact, you have a student body of perhaps 2,000 Doopers and a village of 38,000 residents from which to draw fans. Your problem isn't going to be solved; you are not going to suddenly increase the population of Oak Park by holding games at night. What you will surely do is create crime and attract troublemakers from the West Side of Chicago on those Friday nights. Your intentions are good, but lights will not solve the problem and will only cause more problems.

Brian and Linda Kenelley
Oak Park

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