February 26th, 2014
Mason Boosters Seek Sponsor to Name Stadium
By Leslie Poster
The lights are on at George Mason High School’s athletic fields, but the loans taken to light the school’s baseball and softball fields must be repaid. Through sponsorships, including in large part offering the naming rights to the school’s stadium, the Mason Athletic Boosters hope to raise the funds to pay back those loans.
Last winter, eight light poles around the Mason baseball field and six around the softball field were installed to light the fields in the evenings and thus expand their use, both to student athletes and the community. The project cost about $359,000. $110,000 in Capital Improvements Program funds from the City of Falls Church went toward that cost. After fundraising, the project originally took on about $140,000 in low-interest loans to bridge the gap. To date, $110,000 has been collected through a grassroots fundraising effort, and about $20,000 has been paid back on the initial loans.