A crew was set to begin tearing down the scoreboard at Canal Park Tuesday afternoon, about an hour and a half after new Aeros owner Ken Babby announced a privately-funded $1.65 million project for a new video board.
Aeros general manager Jim Pfander said the new 26-by-68 foot video board project, which includes a LED ribbon board in left center field, is expected to be completed by Opening Day when the reigning Eastern League champs open the 2013 season at 6:05 p.m. when they host Binghamton.
“I believe our board will be in the top five in terms of size in all of minor league baseball and definitely is the largest at the Double-A level,” said Pfander, a Hoban graduate who is in his second stint with the Aeros. “I think it’s going to revolutionize what fans expect when they come to the ballpark. It’s really going to knock their socks off.”
Designed by Daktronics, the new video board has five times the amount of LED display than the previous board (2,314 square feet compared to the old board’s 450 square feet). Additional features include five high-definition cameras, instant replays, new in-game promotional and entertainment options and real-time statistics and game information.
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