If Hamilton County officials approve a related measure Thursday, the county will partner with the Cincinnati Reds to fund a new Great American Ball Park scoreboard.
The Reds are seeking to replace the current left-field scoreboard at Great American Ball Park, which was installed 10 years ago, with a new display. Installation of the new scoreboard would take place over the offseason, with the Reds and Hamilton County partnering to fund the display as part of a $12.8 million project.
Funding for the project would move forward Thursday if the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners approve a plan that calls for the county to contribute $5 million toward that cost. Should the proposal be approved, it would allow the Reds to replace a display that is becoming increasingly obsolete. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Hamilton County Board of Commissioners Thursday night will vote on purchasing a new scoreboard and control room for $12.8 million. The county will pay for $5 million of it. The Reds will pay for the rest.
“Technology on the boards, after a decade or so, needs upgrades just like your computer,” said Joe Feldkamp, director of stadia and parking for Hamilton County.
The Reds a decade earlier with the current scoreboard agreed to pay 63 percent of the costs, plus expenses for additional “bells and whistles.” That deal remained in place for this current one, Feldkamp said.
Hamilton County owns Great American Ball Park, which has been home to the Reds since its 2003 opening.