New Springfield Thunderbirds light display coming to Bright Nights

Hampden County

It’s almost time for Bright Nights at Forest Park, and this year, there will be a new light display.

City leaders and the Spirit of Springfield announced the new display Wednesday morning– a 3,700 bulb depiction of two Springfield Thunderbirds players passing a puck.

“Bright Nights has long been a staple of the holiday season in Springfield,” said team president Nate Costa. “We are honored to be given this tremendous opportunity to have our own Thunderbirds display visible for thousands of people to behold for years to come. We could not be more excited to be able to illuminate our city during one of the best times of the year.”

The display spans 70 feet across and 20 feet high. It depicts two Springfield Thunderbirds passing the puck with the team’s logo between them.

The idea for a new display came from Paul Picknelly and Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa. Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt said she’s glad to bring two Springfield icons together.

“They are Springfield’s team and they want to be in the park,” Matt told 22News. “They are an icon and they look at us as an icon so joining together is a perfect marriage. We’ve already been working together with them on other things but this is the culmination.”

According to the Spirit of Springfield, the new display marks the first significant addition to Bright Nights since the Winter Garden display was added in 2009.

Bright Nights at Forest Park opens to the public on November 21 at 5 p.m. and will run until the new year.

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