Nashville Sounds Will Have Guitar Scoreboard At New Ballpark
At the Omni Hotel on Friday, team owner Frank Ward and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean unveiled plans for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard at First Tennessee Park-- currently under construction in the Sulphur Dell area. They said the scoreboard will be ready when the $65-million ballpark opens next April in time for the 2015 season.
The guitar-shaped scoreboard at the team's current home, Greer Stadium, is one of baseball's most recognizable scoreboards. When plans for the new ballpark were announced, Ward said that it became clear that a version of baseball's most famous scoreboard was something that needed to be included.
“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,” 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. ”
“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.”
The cost of the scoreboard is not yet known, but officials said bids were out. The Sounds will pay for the scoreboard, so it will not be a city or taxpayer expense.
The new scoreboard will be located beyond the outfield wall in right-center field. It will feature an HD LED screen measuring 4,200 square feet, making it one of the largest in minor league baseball.
Construction for the new stadium at Sulphur Dell started in January. The sponsorship and naming rights of First Tennessee Park were part of a 10-year agreement.
The Sounds kicked off their final season at Greer Stadium earlier this year. Greer Stadium has been home to Nashville baseball since 1978.