Dave Pavlansky Field will have a new state-of-the-art scoreboard this fall and the new $115,000 LED (light emitting diodes) scoreboard is not costing the taxpayers a penny.
''We are getting this for zero dollars to the district,'' said Athletic director Brian Banfield. ''Advertising while pay for it over the next five years.''
The new scoreboard will be similar to the one at Progressive Field where the Cleveland Indians play. It will have capabilities that will go beyond the old high school scoreboards. One capability is filming a game and having it appear instantly on the big screen. It will even have the ability for replays.
''This new scoreboard will allow us to feature athletes,'' said superintendent David Janofa. ''We can also get our video production students involved and give them real world experience.''
Banfield said the possibilities for the new scoreboard are plentiful and will enhance game day.
The present scoreboard is in need of replacement. Banfield said it went down twice already, once during a football game and once during a soccer match. He said the light bulbs tend to go out and need replacing and the district only has two boxes of the incandescent bulbs left, which are longer manufactured. The present one was installed in 1989.
The district is getting the new scoreboard through an advertising effort that will pay off down the road. The district will take out a five year loan for the scoreboard, and then advertising on it will make the payments. At the end of the five years, it will be paid for, free and clear.
''After five years, we can use the money it brings in for athletic equipment and maintenance,'' Banfield said. ''It's a win-win for everyone.''
He said the contract should be signed this week and the new scoreboard will be installed over the summer months. Janofa said it is not new to him.
''We installed one at a previous district I was at,'' he said. ''The lighting is amazing and the visibility is good from both sides.''
He said the LED boards are actually emitting light and therefore can be used during sunlit days. It can be seen from practically any seat in the stadium with crystal clarity.