BY JEFF FALK
It’s sort of like having a gift under the christmas tree. The Lebanon Valley College athletic department can’t wait to unwrap its latest acquisition and start playing with it.
The Flying Dutchmen will begin playing night football in the fall of 2013, not 2014 as was previously expected. Lebanon Valley will open its 2013 campaign on Saturday, September 7 at 6 p.m. by hosting Montclair State, under the lights of Arnold Field in Annville.
The contest will mark the first on-campus night football game in Lebanon Valley College history. Lebanon Valley’s last night home football game was played in 1960 at Lebanon High’s Alumni Stadium, where the Flying Dutchmen defeated Drexel 40-8.
Arnold Field’s lights were installed this summer as part of the complex’s $1.8 million renovation project. The college did stage other inter-collegiate contests under the lights during the fall of 2013, but not football.
What is not clear is how many of the Flying Dutchmen’s 2013 home games will be played under the lights. In its 100-plus years of playing football, Lebanon Valley has only played under the lights 42 times.
Last season, the Flying Dutchmen went 6-4 overall, which included a 31-21, season-opening victory at Montclair State. Montclair State went 5-5 in 2012.