Lights on

Lamar Consolidated High School football player Emanuel Osilama stands under the new light tower at Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium Friday during the Battle of the ‘Berg game with Terry.

The start of the 2019 high school football season came and went without sights and sounds of football at Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium.

The stadium was out of commission after regular maintenance on the stadium’s light towers resulted in one falling onto Avenue I.

“There was an issue with the mechanism (for lowering the light carriage) and in order to repair that the whole pole had to come down,” Lamar Consolidated ISD athletic director Nikki Nelson said.

“The pole was brought down, the repair was made and the company that we hired was in the process of putting the pole back up. There was an accident and the crane dropped the pole.

“It was not an LCISD issue but one for the company we hired to do the repair.”

Once the pole was dropped it was deemed unusable a few weeks ahead of the football season and LCISD needed a replacement.

LCISD completed the replacement of the center light fixture on the Avenue I side of Traylor Stadium last week ahead of a full slate of games for LCISD teams.

The new light tower is a more traditional fixed standard compared to the five other light towers now at Traylor.

“By using a fixed standard it allowed us to get the repair done quicker,” Nelson said. “It is smaller than the other poles but it is putting out the same amount of light.”

Nelson noted that the stadium is “fully opperational” for the remainder of the 2019 football season.

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