12/10/2003 11:02 AM ET
New scoreboard system for Jake
System includes first full-color display board in MLB
CLEVELAND -- One of the Indians' biggest acquisitions this offseason will give the team a new look above and around the field.
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Daktronics announced Wednesday that it has been selected by the Indians to supply a new multi-million dollar scoreboard display system that will include the largest video screen in baseball and one of the first full-color display boards
in Major League Baseball built into an outfield fence.
"As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at Jacobs Field in 2004," Indians vice president of public relations Rob DiBiasio said in a statement, "the addition of this new integrated display system enhances our ability to inform, educate and entertain our fans, as well as uniquely market the products of our corporate sponsors. This is another example of our continued efforts to have Jacobs Field remain one of the premier sports facilities in America."
Daktronics supplied the original scoreboard system, which was state-of-the-art at the time, when Jacobs Field opened in 1994. Ten years later and following several new ballparks opening across the country, the Jake will again be at the forefront of ballpark technology.
The centerpiece of the new system will be the main scoreboard, consisting of one giant video screen which will fit into the existing left-field scoreboard structure and replace the three different screens currently there. The video display will measure 149 feet long and 36 feet high, large enough to emit in-game information with nearly three million light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Below the scoreboard, a new out-of-town scoreboard will replace the existing one fit into the left-field fence. Unlike the existing board, this one will be a full-color LED display, which along with Philadelphia's new Citizens Bank Park will be firsts for a Major League facility. Cleveland's version will measure 172 feet wide and nine feet high.
Other additions include five smaller display boards for in-game info and advertising, three along the base lines at field level and two on the upper facing along each side. One of the lower displays will measure 220 feet long. Another 9x11 foot full-color display will replace the current board that faces out onto East 9th Street. Another new 7 1/2x10 foot display will be installed along the concourse.
The total project is valued at over $7 million. It will be installed during the winter and should be ready in March, well in advance of the April 12 home opener against Minnesota.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.