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Let there be light(s)
Donated lights installed on Legion Field batting cages
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Lancaster and Sons electricians work on installing the lights last Monday. - photo by Larry Heer

PLATTEVILLE — On Monday, Sept. 24 the relatively new batting cages at Legion Park were given the Wrigley Field — let there be light — treatment.

After nearly 75 years of playing only day baseball, lights were installed at Wrigley in 1988 allowing the Cubs to finally play night games.

After five months as a daylight hours only facility, donated lights were installed at the Legion Park batting cages, enabling users to now take swings at night.

Lancaster and Sons Electric installed the new Cooper Lights, which were donated by AES Lighting Group of Dubuque.

Tom Knockel, a salesman for AES, helped secure the donation from his company.

The cages, which previously closed at dusk, will now remain open daily until 10 p.m. through the fall until the temperature gets too cold.

The cages will open again in the spring as soon as weather permits.