Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Supporters of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders, Humble Lion, could get the chance to see their club playing under lights in the nation's top football league for the first time as early as next week Sunday when they host August Town in round six at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon.
New lights are already in place at the playing field and ready to be tested.
"We have the lights and possibly we could play under lights for the first time in the Premier League on November 3 against August Town," Mike Henry, president of Humble Lion FC, told The Gleaner when contacted yesterday.
He said a letter was sent to the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) requesting that they come and do an inspection of the lights.
"I had instructed the club to send a letter to the PLCA to come and inspect the lights," Henry disclosed.
"We had played one or two games under lights in domestic competition about two seasons ago," he also said. "Now we have done everything possible to get new installments of lights."
According to Henry, the lights will be tested this Sunday when the club hosts New Green of Manchester in a game starting at 5:30 p.m. That game will be part of an annual fundraiser for James and Friends charity organisation
"We will be looking at ways to cut cost," Henry noted of the electricity bill. "The economy is not healthy so we will be looking at a reasonable cost for admission to games, especially for club members and supporters."
He added: "I am told that staging night games will bring more people to the games, so we will regulate the light to cut down on electricity cost," the club president and Jamaica Labour Party member of parliament said.
Coach of Humble Lion, Geoffrey Maxwell, concurs lighting will enhance crowds.
"The key is that it will boost the crowd support," he said. "It may not give us any extra boost towards the title as we have to remain focused."
Humble Lion, after surviving relegation last year when Maxwell came in at the latter stage of the season, are surprising leaders after five rounds. They head the table on 12 points and will tackle August Town on November 3 when the league resumes, following a two-week break to facilitate the Caribbean Football Union Women's Under-20 Championship.