Arguably the coolest scoreboard in all of professional sports is about to get even cooler. The Nashville Sounds — Triple A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers — announced on Friday that the famous guitar-shaped scoreboard at Greer Stadium will not be forgotten as the team moves to First Tennessee Park for the 2015 season. Instead, according to owner Frank Ward, a new, high-definition video version of the scoreboard will be included as one of the signature pieces when the new ballpark opens next April.
What an awesome visual it is.
It's also reported the team will pay for the scoreboard themselves, but the price tag was not disclosed. It's safe to say it will be expensive, but according to Ward it will be worth every penny because it's a big part of the ballpark experience and it's what the fans want to see.
“We listen to our fans. Keeping the beloved guitar-shaped scoreboard is just part of our commitment to our supporters and to the city of Nashville,” Sounds owner Frank Ward said. “This new, full-video version helps in our commitment to give fans at First Tennessee Park the very best experience possible. And, we will continue to have the most talked-about scoreboard in baseball.”
No team embraces the culture of their city quite like the Nashville Sounds, so it only makes sense that it would continue into their new home.
Here's a little more information from the team's press release.
The new scoreboard -- which will be located beyond the outfield wall in right-center field -- will show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, player profiles, scoring information, and sponsor advertisements.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean added that having a modern version of the renowned scoreboard was one important way to recognize the city's baseball history in the new ballpark.
“While building a new ballpark downtown is exciting for our city's future, honoring baseball's past in Nashville is important to me too,” said Dean. “The guitar shape is iconic to who we are as Music City, and continuing the tradition of a guitar scoreboard — but new and modernized — is a great way to honor the many years of minor-league baseball in Nashville.”
Everything about this is awesome. Hats off to the city and to the Sounds for not only keeping the unique symbol of their city and their baseball team intact, but improving it and improving the fan experience.
We'll look forward to seeing how it looks when the new ballpark opens next spring, just like the players will all look forward to trying to pluck it with a batting practice home run.
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