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Capital Univ., Bexley Residents at Odds over Stadium Additions
BEXLEY (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines/Ben Garbarek) -- Capital University's athletic department could be starting a rivalry with its neighbors over proposed improvements to the school's stadium.
The university applied with the city to upgrade Bernlohr Field with $500,000 worth of lights and a new $100,000 sound system. Athletic department officials said the improvements are necessary because of an increased need to hold more night games at the stadium.
The field is bordered by neighborhood homes on two sides, and some homeowners are trying to fight the plan.
"The sound system would blare out," said Norman Divine, who used to play football at Capital and now lives next to the field. "Some people couldn't talk in the backyard on their cell phone."
Athletic Director Steve Bruning said the the new sound system would be an improvement that would target the crowd and reduce noise for neighbors.
Bruning said the lights would be directed toward the field and would not result in a major annoyance for surrounding residents.
University officials hope to install the lights next spring, but the plan must first be approved by city council. The council has tabled Capital's application.