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Dodger Stadium baseball complex to get new scoreboard

Darling:?Parts no longer available for old scoreboard

January 30, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Dodger Stadium baseball complex is getting a new scoreboard.

At its Jan. 23 meeting, the Fort Dodge Community School board approved the purchase of a $17,620 Fair-Play scoreboard from Iowa Direct Equipment of Cedar Falls.

Two bids were received for the project total, the other from Daktronics Inc., of Brookings, S.D., at a total cost of $22,157.

"Both gave us really competitive bids," Chris Darling, director of operations, said.

The district will have to hire an independent company to do the installation, Darling said, at an additional cost of $7,000.

According to Darling, Fair Play will add a second controller for no additional cost, giving the school a backup.

"It's very similar to the one we just installed for football," he said. "It'll have the same logo, and then we also wanted to make sure Ed McNeil was honored, so we kept his name in place."

He added, "It's really a pretty nice-looking scoreboard. It'll do the job."

The previous scoreboard was installed in 1997, 15 years ago. Recommending Fair-Play, Darling said he was happy with the bids they received.

"They came in well under what we expected," he said.

The expense of the new scoreboard will be paid from the capital projects, 1-cent sales tax, Darling said.

According to Superintendent Doug Van Zyl, the public has requested a new scoreboard for the baseball complex, saying it was time for the current one to be retired. Van Zyl said the district has been taking parts from the football scoreboard to repair the current scoreboard.

"We have one person that really comes and helps us out that has knowledge on that old board, and the last time he repaired it he said, 'You're at the end of the rainbow,'" Darling said. "We can't find parts for it anymore."

"The old scoreboard, it's not going to go another season," Tom Kinseth, activities and athletic director, said.

The new scoreboard will be delivered within six weeks and installed before May 1, Darling said, ahead of the 2012 baseball season.

Contact Brandon L. Summers at (515) 573-2141 or



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