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West Liberty alumnus donates stadium lights

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -- West Liberty University's football team can start playing night games this fall, thanks to the donation of a new lighting system.

The gift from Wheeling native and alumnus Gary West is valued at nearly $500,000.

West Liberty President Robin Capehart said it will dramatically improve both the player and fan experience at Russek Field. The stadium seats about 4,000.

The lighting project is the second upgrade funded by West. Artificial turf was installed in 2008.

West bought Valley Welding Supply and expanded the business to 84 locations in 10 states.

Athletic Director Jim Watson said the team also now can practice in the evenings, which is better for players' class schedules.

The lights should be ready by Sept. 1. The Hilltoppers will play their first night game on Halloween.


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