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New Scoreboard Expected To Cost Between
$9-12M, Should Be Ready By Opening Day '11
The Brewers have "unveiled designs and specifications for a new multimillion-dollar scoreboard" at Miller Park that will be the "biggest and most expensive fan enhancement since" the ballpark opened in '01, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The scoreboard, "which should be ready by opening day 2011, is expected to cost in the range" of $9-12M. The designer, manufacturer and installer "will be Daktronics." The new scoreboard "will be a single screen, high-definition display." The video board "will be 5,940 square feet and will be the third largest scoreboard" in MLB. The "only larger boards in baseball" are at Kauffman Stadium and Chase Field. Miller Park currently "features a video board that is 1,296 square feet." The current board "features 133,624 pixels," while the new display "will have 2,358,720 pixels." That gives the new board "18 times better resolution." Brewers Exec VP/Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said, "We want to provide an experience that is superior to what you get in a living room." Daktronics officials said that the new board "will not present a problem for batters at the plate." The scoreboard "will be approximately 105 feet high by 168 feet wide," and the video display will be "nearly five times larger than the current one." Schlesinger said that the Brewers "will have to purchase a so-called scoreboard integrator to run the system." The new board also "will be integrated with the existing club-level ribbon boards and out-of-town scoreboards" that were installed in '06. A new scoreboard "had been planned for 2008, but the Brewers held off to spend more time studying new technologies and equipment" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/8).
Thunder Training Center Originally Scheduled
To Open In Late September When Camp Begins
The Thunder's new $14.5M practice facility "will not be ready for training camp," as it has been "hampered by weather delays," according to Mike Baldwin of the DAILY OKLAHOMAN. The Thunder Training Center was "originally scheduled to open in late September when training camp begins," but adjusted estimates have the complex being "completed in November or December." Add-ons "have delayed construction, but the primary reason the project is behind schedule is 50-plus days lost to weather issues, including near record snow fall last winter." The new facility will feature "two full-length practice courts, state-of-the-art weight equipment, basketball offices, a players' lounge, locker room, hydrotherapy pools and a 27-seat theater team meeting room to watch film" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 7/7). Baldwin also noted a new 1,052-square-foot room in the facility that will be "primarily used as a storage and laundry room" will "double as a shelter." Project manager John Russell said that 30 to 40 people "could fit in the room 'if you really packed them in'" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 7/7).
FINAL TUNE-UP: The OKLAHOMAN's Baldwin noted final renovations on Ford Center "will begin this fall and be completed in the summer of 2011." Oklahoma City officials have "earmarked nearly $40 million for the final phase -- a grand entryway on the southwest corner" of the arena. Bids for the final phase "will be taken this summer and excavation will begin this fall" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 7/7). Meanwhile, Baldwin noted the Sports Facilities sales tax that was approved by voters in '08 was projected to raise $101M for Ford Center renovations and $20M for the new practice facility. But the city "might save as much as" $14M, as the Ford Center renovations are projected to cost $91.5M and the practice facility $14.5M. Because of the "down economy, the tax raised only $103 million but the city will supplement the shortage with sports facilities use taxes" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 7/7).