Bexley OKs Plan To Upgrade Bernlohr Stadium With New Lighting, Sound System

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After more than a year of debate and discussion, it appears plans will start moving forward for lights and a new sound system at Capital University's Bernlohr Stadium.

Bexley's planning commission gave the green light to Capital University 's plans Monday night in front of a packed house of more than 100 people.  The plan includes five LED stadium lights with use of the lights on a limited basis.

Bexley resident Larry Matteson, president of the South Bexley Neighborhood Association, attended the meeting to voice opposition to the plan.  He says Capital University's plans for new lighting and sound at Bernlohr Stadium will hurt the neighborhood experience he has enjoyed there for 35 years.  "No one really is anti-Capital,” he said. “We're anti-having the lights impact the quality of our life."

Not everyone is opposed to the idea of lights and a sound system.  Jim Douglas lives right behind the stadium and says he fully supports the plan.  "The vibrant atmosphere in the neighborhood.   I look at as a positive and not a negative,” he said.

Capital senior Carly Pries also lives right by the stadium.  She says the opportunity for night games is better for academics.  "I think it would be awesome to have games out here at night so you can get your classes out of the way and then play your games after,” she said.

Capital officials say construction of the lighting would likely begin in the summer to be ready for next fall.

South Bexley Neighborhood Association members say they plan to appeal the decision.