Shining a Light on Sports

Helena Public Schools’ Vigilante Stadium is in the city’s South-Central neighborhood and home field to both Helena High and Capital High schools. In the fall during football season, it is busy nearly every Friday night as both schools take turns hosting home games and again throughout the spring for middle and high school track meets.

The stadium, with its 1970-era HID lighting system, regularly sent the district’s maintenance staff scrambling for replacement parts that were extremely difficult to find and, in most cases, obsolete. Most of the poles had at least one fixture that did not function, and the lighting output for the remaining lights had degraded past their useful life.

Vigilante Stadium is surrounded by residential homes that were regularly blinded by the glare from the old lighting system which also gave the Helena schools staff reason to pursue a new solution.