The Rockies are building a scoreboard to match the mountains.
On Wednesday, the club provided a sneak peek of its huge new video scoreboard being constructed in left-center at Coors Field. The massive new scoreboard will measure 8,369 square feet — 258 percent larger than the board it’s replacing.
The new addition to Coors Field is not just the Mount Elbert of scoreboards, it will also feature the shape of a mountain cutout, reminiscent of the club’s Colorado mountains logo.
According to the Rockies, Daktronics, the industry leader in large-format LED video displays, is creating a display that is the equivalent of 784 60-inch televisions, and will feature 6.8 million LEDs (light-emitting diodes).
The Rockies will officially unveil the scoreboard on the home-opener on April 6 when the Rockies host the Atlanta Braves.
The ballclub, embarking on its 25th anniversary season in 2018, is also making other improvements to Coors Field. New “ribbon scoreboards” have already been installed on the facades around the ballpark, and an improved sound system is on the way, too.
The projects were voted on and approved on Sept. 20 by the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District and funded by the Rockies pursuant to its new 30-year lease agreement.
An updated scoreboard has long been on owner Dick Monfort’s to-do list.
“The new scoreboard, I’m hoping, will last 15 years. The last one lasted 10,” Monfort told The Denver Post last March, after the Rockies signed a the $200 million, 30-year lease. “And the software that runs it, we are so far behind everybody else, it’s a joke. We’re worried things will break down. We have a real concern we can do the basics (with the current scoreboard).”
Fan curious to get a peek at the new scoreboard are being asked to stay away from Coors Field: “Due to the amount of construction work happening in and around the ballpark this offseason, safety standards require that only trained personnel be permitted access to these areas in order to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved as they seek to complete these projects before opening day.