Responding to Ann Goldman's letter to the local papers [Boosters need to provide accurate info on OPRF lights proposal, Viewpoints, Nov. 30], the OPRFHS Booster Club believes that it has provided accurate information regarding potential usage of stadium lights. Ms. Goldman may have inadvertently distorted the message when she erroneously paraphrased the statement from our website (www.oprflights.com): "The stadium will be used for night games only three or four games per year" and juxtaposed it against the proposal we made to the school board last June when we said that the stadium "will be used by OPRF for a minimum of 15 night events per year." In fact, a more careful reading of our website did not say "three or four games per year," but, in fact, read as follows: "There would only be three to four Friday night football games each year." The infererence is that football games tend to draw larger crowds than other sports, and that is why we chose to highlight this possibility on our site. Our proposal, however, made it clear that several sports, not just football, could potentially use the stadium for night games.
Ms. Goldman also voiced her hope the high school and the boosters will agree to a comprehensive environmental study of the impact of lights. This is a matter for the school board and village to decide, but the Booster Club has gone on record to express its support for any research considered necessary to mitigate the effect of stadium lights on the surrounding neighborhood.
Booster Club director