Mike McDorman, President & CEO
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
New Video Scoreboard Goes Live at Carleton Davidson Field
The new video scoreboard at Carleton Davidson Field is finally up and running in time for the remainder of the Champion City Kings season. The Kings have breathed life back into the National Trail and Parks renovated stadium (which is most recently known for holding the Stroh’s Tournament), and have brought a quality family friendly baseball experience to the Greater Springfield area. Many thanks to the community partners who helped bring the Champion City Kings to Springfield and the others who helped sponsor the new video scoreboard which will bring a professional league experience to fans.
The video scoreboard was one of the first items discussed as the Kings prepared to open its inaugural season. The size of the scoreboard, however, was the vision of Kings General Manager Rick White. He envisioned a board that would be big enough to show live feeds and other video content, as well as one that would feature pitch by pitch speeds for the fans. This scoreboard by Nevco does all of that and more.
The new scoreboard cost approximately $200,000 to completely install. The Kings secured four sponsors to give $50,000 each over five years to pay for it. The major sponsors included Speedway, Ohio Valley Surgical Center, Fisher Beverage, and the Chamber’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kroger provided a lesser sponsorship to help maintain and operate the new generation board. The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce secured a loan to cover the five year commitments and plans to gift the board to Leann Castillo and the National Trail and Parks once the loan is paid off.
This incredible enhancement to Carleton Davidson Field simply would not be happening without the strong support and collaboration of many different people. We want to thank local contractor Plato Pavlatos and C&N Contractors for taking on the challenge of excavating the hole (the size of an Olympic size swimming pool) and filling it with concrete so that the steel beams could be set for the board installation. We know that this was a difficult task and appreciate the sacrifice their company made to help make this scoreboard possible. We thank Nevco, the scoreboard company, for their sacrifice in keeping the project on course. We thank AG Samuelson for setting the scoreboard in place and Steve Hawkins from NTPRD for his extra efforts on this extended job. We also thank the sponsors and the fans for their patience during this challenging project in building a quality product that will last long into the future for those who will use it.
The good news is that no one will remember what it took to construct this great new feature of Carleton Davidson Field. But hopefully many in the Springfield region will get to enjoy the new video scoreboard and The Champion City Kings for many years to come!
Have a Great Chamber Day!