Michigan Stadium has completed the permanent stadium lighting projects weeks ahead of schedule.

The $1.8m project was funded by athletic department resources and is the first time any permanent stadium lighting has been installed.

It was anticipated that the project would be completed ahead of the Michigan-Michigan State hockey game 11 December, but the process was accelerated.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said: "It took us 130 years to get to this point. This is an historic day in Michigan football and is a major step forward for us."

The lights will be tested during Michigan's final regular-season game against Wisconsin on Saturday, even though the kickoff is noon.

The 109,911 capacity Michigan Stadium recently underwent $226m renovation project in time for the new NFL season.

Posted on 18/11/2010