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New scoreboard shines over Hughes Stadium

Hughes Stadium now boasts a new video display scoreboard after City College’s administration concluded it was time to upgrade the existing board to one consistent of the stadium’s 2011 modernization, according to City College Director of Operations Gregory Hayman.

The new board has all the functions of professional team scoreboards, including instant replay and multiple camera display capabilities, Hayman said, adding that the timing was right to replace the old board.

“[The existing scoreboard] was very low-tech. It was 20 years old,” said Hayman. “The fact we were getting a completely remodeled stadium, we thought it certainly appropriate that we upgrade the scoreboard at that time also.”

According to Hayman, the new board is a technological improvement.

“[The old board] had light bulbs you screwed in by hand—it was sorely outdated,” Hayman said. “We were able to obtain a new state-of-the-art LED video screen scoreboard.”

Hayman explained, voters approved state bond measures over the last several years for Los Rios Community College District renovation projects, including a $465 million bond in 2002 and another for $475 million in 2008. The proceeds, Hayman said, have been allocated for modernizing existing campus facilities and for new construction projects throughout the district.

The money from the state bond authorizations is split between campuses, and although projects like the Hughes Stadium renovation were funded by the bonds, Hayman said the scoreboard was not. Rather, according to Hayman, the $324,000 scoreboard, constructed by Koch & Koch, Inc., was funded by local bonds, also referred to as discretionary funds.

“[The scoreboard] actually was not part of the bond project,” said Hayman. “It just came out of college funds.”

To use the board to its full potential though, requires additional personnel funding beyond the initial cost of its construction, said Hayman. And without funding for the extra manpower, the board is being run by one person, sometimes two, as just a scoreboard, Hayman added.

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“I don’t really know much about it,”said Baudin. “I don’t believe it is connected for track and  field. It doesn’t do any service for us. I hope that we can run a meet here and have the scoreboard actually work for our sport—not just football.”

Although Hayman said the board is intended to complement every Hughes Stadium event, to do so requires more personnel than currently available. And, according to Hayman, there is no budget available to accommodate the extra manpower.

“It’s problematic,” Hayman said. “We’ll probably never get a full-time person. It’s pretty technical as far as running [the board], and it requires a specialized person who has the expertise.”

Since specialized technicians are not an option at this time, to keep the board running in basic mode, a temporary solution to the problem, according to Hayman, may be to have a student work the sign each semester.

“I plan on talking to the theater production folks,” said Hayman. “It may be an excellent opportunity.”

Despite the difficulties with running the new scoreboard, Hayman remains excited about its potential uses in Hughes Stadium.

“It’s amazing,” said Hayman. “It’s very bright, and it’s just totally different rom the old score board that we did have—it’s a real treat.”


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