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posted: 12/16/2013 4:40 AM

The case for lights at Duchon Field

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The case for lights at Duchon Field

The topic of the viability and necessity of turf and lights on Duchon Field at Glenbard West has been subject to much debate and received many complaints over the past few years.

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Walking onto a fluorescent-lit turf field would add to the already breathtaking atmosphere. Friday night lights would add a sense of community and togetherness to Glen Ellyn as a whole.

The cost, which could be quite hefty, could be easily handled by the Hitter Boosters and the thoughtful families in the community. Money could be raised similarly to that of Memorial field, in which various fundraisers were performed in order to raise enough money for the turf and lights to be installed and purchased.

The opposition may believe that the cost is too high, but it could be handled through different fundraisers and donations. Raffled and such were used to raise money for Memorial Field.

While many think the floodplain could cause a problem, turf has a great ability to drain -- draining ability that is much higher than that of grass. The inclusion of turf pellets and the non-absorbable grassy surface allows for water to wash away into the drain. This draining would allow for the field conditions to be much more pristine in colder weather and under sloppy conditions.

If the renovation were made, drainage would improve, ceasing the terrible playing conditions, like Wheaton North of 2012 or the Mud Bowl of 2007, where the field was more like a mud bath with no grip or traction. Also it would put an end to the frozen surface that occurs during the colder months.

The Friday Night Lights atmosphere would change Duchon Field forever by improving the already scenic field and creating a somewhat modern day version of what is already intact.

Colin Murphy

Glen Ellyn

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