- MORESPORTS/LLWS00 - Lamade Stadium brightens the day

 Friday, August 18
Lamade Stadium surroundings will be brighter
 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Walking areas, stairways and roads at the Little League Baseball International Headquarters complex will be lighted for the first time, making night games more enjoyable for fans of the Little League Baseball World Series.

  Little Leaguers dream of playing in Lamade Stadium.

More than 40 poles and fixtures will be installed by the time the Series begins on August 20. Some of the new lights were tested Thursday night for the first time during a Little League Summer Camp game at Lamade Stadium, illuminating newly installed concrete steps leading from the terraced hills down to Lamade Stadium as well as the upper level of the terraces.

The lighting and new steps are part of the improvements at the complex as Little League prepares to expand the World Series from eight teams to 16 in 2001. Construction of the yet-unnamed stadium just north of Lamade Stadium is on schedule, but will be suspended a few days before this year's Series. Construction areas will be fenced off.

"We will have all the public areas ready to go," said Little League Director of Maintenance Ron Scott. "People will actually be surprised at the increased amount of public area near the stadium we now have, even with the construction."

With the added spaces provided by the Borough of South Williamsport and the South Williamsport Area School District, parking will be plentiful. As always, tickets are only required for certain sections of the stadium. Tickets are not required for the terraced hills, where fans can bring coolers and lawn chairs. However, coolers are not permitted in stadium seating areas. Admission is free.

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