Illinois College adding lighting system to England Stadium

By Ryne Turke on August 1 at 1:04pm

Illinois College Director of Athletics Mike Snyder says a lighting system is being added to the field, which will allow the college to hold night games at England Stadium.

Installation of the lighting system began earlier this week and the light poles are expected to be up shortly.

Snyder notes that Illinois College paved the way for night football games in the state, becoming the first college to use a lighting system in Illinois in 1929.

“There was a game here on campus that Illinois College faced off against Quincy College and IC was victorious 46-0,” says Snyder.

“I guess you could say this will be the first night game at IC in the modern era of football.”

Snyder says the reasons for adding the lighting system goes far beyond just football.

“One of the more practical reasons is missed class times because if you can schedule a game later in the week, like soccer, our kids can stay in class longer and wont have to miss classes,” says Snyder.

“That’s what is really important and what we are here for, to educate our student athletes. The lights are a two fold thing: it creates a better atmosphere for us and helps on the academic side.”

With the ability to play night games at England Stadium, Illinois College could potentially entertain the idea of hosting high school and college playoff games in the future.

IC opens the football season at home against Aurora University at 6 p.m.