As the parent of an OPRF football player, I wholeheartedly support lighting the stadium, for the following reasons:

1) More practice time at the stadium will allow additional use for all squads on the turf field instead of the muddy grass. The turf field is safer.

2) Friday night football games will help the varsity team be more competitive, by allowing an additional day of practice between the weekly games. This will put our team on a level playing field with the majority of our opponents.

3) The three or four Friday night home games will promote school and community spirit and support for the football program. More spectators will come out to see the games on Friday nights than on Saturday afternoons. This, in turn, will encourage talented youth football players to choose OPRF over private alternatives.

4) College coaches scout players on Friday nights, not Saturday afternoons.

Fred Valentini
Oak Park

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