This has actually been in the works for months: First Tennessee Park, opening in 2015 as home of the Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) will feature a guitar-shaped scoreboard similar to the one made famous in Greer Stadium.
“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,” said Sounds owner Frank Ward. “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. “
The new scoreboard — which will be located beyond the outfield wall in right-center field — will show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, player profiles, scoring information, and sponsor advertisements.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean added that having a modern version of the renowned scoreboard was one important way to recognize the city’s baseball history in the new ballpark.
“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 scoreboard features an HD LED screen that will measure 4,200 square feet, making it one of the largest in minor–league baseball. It would take approximately 860 32″ flat panel televisions to fill the area of the new video display.
We suspect the final product won’t look like this rendering; sponsors have indeed been shopped space on it.
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