River Forest trustees Tuesday unanimously granted Concordia University permission to host up to three high school football games starting this fall. 

Concordia, by each Aug. 1, has to notify the village about the dates of those games, which will be played either by Fenwick or Walther Lutheran high schools. Walther is located in Melrose Park and Concordia is a partner institution. 

The games must be played during the day on a Saturday and cannot be held on a day when the university’s team, the Cougars, is in town.

In 2013, Fenwick played its homecoming game at Concordia; the following year, the Oak Park school played two games there. Neither instance generated negative responses from homeowners living around the campus, said Dennis Witte, Concordia’s vice president for administration. 

Residents living around the school were notified about the contests. And before this year’s request went before trustees, Witte noted that neighbors, including Village President Catherine Adduci who lives nearby, got a letter from the university advising them of the request. 

“The last two years has been a great success, and I hear very little to no complaints. Concordia’s a very good neighbor, very considerate,” Adduci said.

Deborah Kadin

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