Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This is what the Tigers' new scoreboard will look like

When it opened in 2000, Comerica Park boasted all of the newest amenities available, but things move fast nowadays and the Tigers scoreboard quickly became outdated. The Tigers scoreboard did boast one thing, the largest analog clock in the major leagues - but fans don't want those things, they want large, bright, high-definition video screens as part of their scoreboards. And Tigers fans will get it.

The scoreboard in left field will be much bigger and more impressive this year, becoming the 13th largest video-board in professional sports and the largest in the state of Michigan. It will be a 600 percent increase in size from the old scoreboard when it is finished. The original scoreboard was 1008 sq. ft. and with the new construction will be 6000 sq. ft.

Atop the new scoreboard will be a script Tigers logo that features motion lights that will move around the logo and have the ability to change colors at certain times; think National Anthems. The logo will also be 36 ft. tall as opposed to the old Tigers logo atop the scoreboard which should 22 ft.

The two 12-foot tigers that flanked the scoreboard are returning, but after having been refurbished from their time in the cement mixer that is Michigan weather. After being battered by the elements the two statues will be touched up and returned to their spots in left field. 

Bleacher creatures will appreciate that the entire scoreboard has been shifted upwards about 16 feet to allow for better sight lines for fans sitting in the bleacher seats that have been installed underneath the scoreboard. Also new is a pitch speed display that is twice as large as the previous; increasing from 5-feet-by-48 to 5-by-96.

The scoreboards and video boards along the baselines were not forgotten in the upgrade either, being replaced by LED boards that will be brighter and will allow for more impressive displays. In addition to all of the new scoreboards and video boards the Tigers will feature more in-depth stats on players at the plate, as a sort of glossary for fans.

The upgrade cost the Tigers millions, an exact figure is unavailable, but could bring in many new fans who want to see the updated stadium and take in the new amenities. Just one more reason why Opening Day 2012 will be exciting.

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