Highland athletics are getting a an upgrade that should be finished within the next few days.
Weld County School District No. RE-9 started the process of installing new lights at the Highland High School Football Field on Friday afternoon, expected to give fans, players and coaches a better gameday experience.
The purpose of the new setup, said Highland football coach Alan Overton, is to help brighten the end zones and allow a more clear view of the field from the stands. There had previously been light poles on the 50-yard line in front of the bleachers on both sides of the field, blocking line-of-sight for fans, and coaches who are trying to film.
The previous lights were 30 years old.
“The district has been working on making some improvements in our communities, like our elementary school in Pierce and our middle school and high school in Ault,” Highland athletic director Jeremy Burmeister said. “There have been different priorities during the last five years and this year, one of them happened to be replace some lights and continue improvements to our district.
“What it comes down to is making the facilities better for our kids. It’s something I’m pretty excited about.”
The renovation costs weren’t available Friday, but Burmeister said it wasn’t part of a bond issue.
Highland beings summer football practices today. The sessions will last through Aug. 25.