In 2001, the Dallas City Council denied Ursuline Academy’s request for a lighted soccer field for its soccer and lacrosse players, but a May 23 vote ended the school’s 12-year disappointment.

The council approved lighting for the on-campus field at the corner of Walnut Hill and Inwood in a 14-0 vote with more than 250 Ursuline supporters in its chambers.

While this is certainly good news for the Ursuline community, one that is proud of the academy’s competitive teams, more than a couple neighbors aren’t too happy right now. In early April, several neighbors penned angry letters expressing their concern about the bright lights and field traffic the updated field could cause.

However, the proposal that passed Wednesday is on a smaller scale then what the private school previously requested. On most nights the lights will turn off at 7:30 p.m., 20 nights a year they’ll turn off at 9 p.m. and the field will not be lit on weekends, KDFW/Ch. 4 reports.

“A timetable for construction is yet to be determined, but Ursuline is expected to move forward on the field project as soon as possible,” according to an Ursuline news release.

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Ursuline students at Dallas City Hall: photo from

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