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Lighting Up Your Friday Nights

What do you think of when you hear, “Friday Night Lights”? For many people, it’s high school football. In communities around the nation and across Jackson EMC’s 10-county service area, “Friday Night Lights” has a special meaning for those playing on the field and spectators in the stands.

Friday nights at 7 p.m. is when play action starts in the fall for numerous local high school teams. Jackson EMC supplies electricity to 17 local high school football stadiums. We’re proud to be the power source that makes Friday night lights possible for each of those high schools and their fans.

Schools in the state have been fielding teams for competitive football matchups since at least 1894, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. In the 1960s, schools in Georgia began to install lighting in football stadiums – which made it possible to play games at night. That’s when “Friday Night Lights” was born. Since then, prep school gridiron matchups have provided the traditional kickoff to fall football weekends that also include collegiate and professional games.

Since area games began being played under the lights, Jackson EMC has played an important role at fields and stadiums. Then, and now, we deliver the dependable electricity teams, fans and our community count on.

Jackson EMC provides the electricity to light up football facilities for Archer High School, Collins Hill High School, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Mill Creek High School, Mountain View High School and Norcross High School in Gwinnett County.

In Hall County, we’re the power provider for the football stadiums at Cherokee Bluff High School, Chestatee High School, Flowery Branch High School, North Hall High School, West Hall High School and Lanier Christian Academy.

We’re also the power source for football stadiums for schools in Jackson, Barrow and Clarke counties, including East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Jackson County Comprehensive High School, Jefferson High School, Apalachee High School and Athens Christian School.

We’re proud that cooperative electricity powers these facilities and other athletic venues at local schools. Like those we serve, Jackson EMC is conditioned and ready for a great season. We also light baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts and gyms at many schools.