New Scoreboard Highlights More Petco Park Renovations
Part two of the renovations at Petco Park will soon be underway starting next week. President Mike Dee announced that a new video board and some other renovations in left field and around Petco Park is scheduled to be done in time for Opening Day, April 9th 2015 vs. the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
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This new scoreboard will be the third largest in MLB only behind behemoths at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and the largest in Seattle at Safeco Field. Even if this team is still bad in 2015, you’ll be able to witness it in large HD screens all across the ballpark. “We think the impact is going to be profound. When you put a board in of this nature anywhere it would have a huge impact on the fan experience,” Dee said. “Most San Diegans, unless they travel to games outside San Diego, haven’t seen anything of this magnitude.” via Corey Brock of MLB.com
Regardless of where this team will be in 2015 product wise though, the renovation needed to be done sooner than later. The old video board currently at Petco was out-of-date, standard definition, Qualcomm Stadium-like 1997 JVC-tron. It was a blemish in an outstanding ballpark. The rumor was the old company that former owner John Moores, hired to install the video board eventually went out of business, so there could be no maintenance done with all the dead pixels due to wear over the years in the sun or baseball’s (or softball’s) hitting the board.
Other additions to the ballpark will include more standing room underneath the scoreboard. For years, these were just seats that no one wanted to sit in or just weren’t occupied. Also, new LED ribbon boards will be installed along the Toyota Terrace on the first base and third base areas. In 2013, the new LED ribbon board was installed in right field to replace the old light ballast advertising boards. Same thing will happen here along the first and third base lines.