January 22, 2006
Athletes may be searching for new fields to play on if a bill passes in the General Assembly.
The bill is called: Home Serenity and Tranquility Act and is aimed to keep down noise and activity for homeowners who live near athletic fields.
These are only for homes within 65 yards of an athletic field. Under this bill the fields will be closed between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. as well as possibly limiting hours or closing them on Sundays. Some local athletes are worried that their leagues could be affected, especially because many adult games are played on Sundays.
"The fields were probably there before they were. If they didn't know they were there when they moved in, shame on them," said soccer player Jim Pike. "It's not like we have throngs of fans who are rioting in the stadiums or anything. If you get two wives and a couple of kids out there, it's a good turnout. So it's really not a whole lot of noise."
Exceptions can be made if all homeowners give written consent, but if athletic fields operate when they are not supposed to--they may be fined.
The bill is being reviewed by the Committee for Courts of Justice.