For the first time in 56 years, the Chaminade Madonna Lions will actually get the chance to play a home football game at night.
And for anyone familiar with the Broward County football scene, it’s a pretty big deal.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I am able to announce the commencement of a process which will equip Vince Zappone Field with permanent outdoor lighting,” Chaminade Madonna President Judith Mucheck said in a school release. “Earlier this week, I personally met with officials from the City of Hollywood to initiate the permit applications which are necessary to receive City approval for the installation.”
Mucheck said that the school will be working with Musco Lighting to put in lights that don’t cause a large disturbance to area homes.
Chaminade Madonna is a small Catholic high school with around 600 students. It is located in the heart of Hollywood and is surrounded by homes.
Some of these homeowners have opposed lighting for the football field for years due to the expected disruption it would cause.
Despite not having lights and being forced to play home games during the hottest part of the day, Chaminade Madonna has fielded some really teams over the years- including winning multiple state championships.
It was one of the few major high school football programs in the Miami area to not have lights.
“Since the founding of our school 56 years ago, we have called Hollywood our home. We have successfully graduated thousands of young people who have gone on to make their mark in the world, many of them right here.”
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