New lights at Atlantic's Trojan Bowl

The stadium lights at the Trojan Bowl, the home of Atlantic football, went up Wednesday morning. According to activities director Andrew Mitchell, the lights were assembled Tuesday and work on installation of the 70-foot-tall light-emoting diode (LED) lights began Wednesday morning. He said work on the baseball and softball field lights was slated to begin later Wednesday afternoon for installation. General contractor is Rochon Corp. of Urbandale, while the lights are provided by Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa. Mitchell said that in the next couple of days, work on the retaining wall should begin, after which work on the field, track, bleachers and press box will begin. All of this in anticipation for the 2020 football season and the home opener of the newly-refurbished stadium, Sept. 11 vs. Mount Ayr. The Trojan Bowl is in the midst of a $9.5 million athletic facilities improvement project approved by voters in 2019. Besides the baseball and softball fields, the project includes upgraded tennis courts, concession stands and more.