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BAL is excited to announce that we have finalized the purchase of lights for our facilities. The lights were purchased from the Sandlot baseball fields and will be taken down and moved towards the end of January. Along with the City, we are putting together a plan to get the lights installed. We will have enough lights to light both Field 1 and Field 2. In addition, we will have extra fixtures which we will use at Hickey Field to add lighting and replace old lights.
The addition of lights will allow us to double our weekly number of games on those fields. Coaches will also be able to schedule more practice times which has been difficult with our fast-growing league. BAL hosts softball and baseball tournaments each year and the lighting will provide much more flexibility for that as well.
While we have acquired the lights we will still have a great amount of work and costs to get the infrastructure and lights installed and working. We will be reaching out to families in the Bennington area asking for help with getting our electrical in, concrete pads poured and getting the light poles in place. BAL has received a bid for all of the work from an electrician but we are hopeful some of the labor will be donated by BAL families. In all, BAL will save roughly $150,000 on the project by the time it’s complete. Having said that, we still have $80,000-$90,00 in expenses to realize our goal.
Thanks to all past and present board members, local businesses and all families who have generously donated both time and money to Bennington Athletic League. The Lights Campaign would not be successful without you.
If you have questions regarding the installation of the lights, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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