Good news for Windy City ThunderBolts (independent; Frontier League) fans: the team and the Village of Crestwood are funding a new scoreboard/videoboard, which should be fully operational by July 21.
The 13-foot-high, 22-foot-long HD videoboard will have full video capabilities, including instant replay. This structure will be the first major improvement to the stadium since it opened, with the current scoreboard dating back to 1998 and is the original scoreboard from when the park opened. (Fun green fact: the new videoboard is much larger than the old scoreboard and will still consume 30 percent less electricity.) The ThunderBolts were one of three teams in the Frontier League that did not have a video board, and Standard Bank Stadium was also the only minor-league ballpark in Illinois that did not have a video board. The structure is being paid for by an increase in village hotel taxes and advertising dollars raised by both the ThunderBolts and the village.
The team has more planned for the scoreboard than just baseball information: the ThunderBolts have already scheduled a Crestwood Movie in the Park night, which will be the official unveiling of the new videoboard on August 1. The price is right: free.
Videoboard rendering courtesy of the Windy City ThunderBolts.
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