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Indians Announce New Scoreboard at Progressive Field in 2016

The Indians announced that a new scoreboard will be in place at Progressive Field for the 2016 season.

The scoreboard will replace the current, now-outdated system installed at then-Jacobs Field in 2004.

The new scoreboard, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, will feature premier high-definition technology for every fan at Progressive Field. It measures 59 feet high by 221 feet wide, amounting to 13,000 square feet of active display area.

The project includes other boards throughout the ballpark which will enhance fans’ experience by providing greater access to statistics, scores from around the league and sound quality. The project also includes a state of the art new sound system to be installed for the 2016 season.

“The new boards will significantly enhance our fans’ experience at Progressive Field,” said Neil Weiss, the Indians Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer. “This project increases our ability to deliver a world-class in game experience, delivering stats, highlights and player profiles in large, high-definition formats.”

The installation of the new scoreboard will begin as work continues this offseason on Phase 2 of Progressive Field renovations. Phase 2 expands themes from the successful Right Field District project completed in April to the rest of the ballpark, including:

· Concessions: The Indians and Delaware North Sportservice will look to incorporate more popular local restaurants into the ballpark, similar to those that were part of the Right Field District introduced at the start of the 2015 season: Melt, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Dynomite Burgers

· Club behind home plate: The Indians will construct a new club located on the ballpark’s main level and behind home plate, providing great views of the action on the field.

The club will include a full bar, access to a variety of new concessions options within the space, a customer service center and a glass front for prime viewing. The club will remain open after games, to offer Season Ticket Holders with access to an option to let traffic clear on high-demand games. The club also will significantly improve views of the field for all fans using the main concourse behind the home plate area.

· Additional elements: The second phase of renovations will also feature wayfinding consistent with the Right Field District, updated signage and more team history incorporated throughout Progressive Field, along with the renovation of a select number of suites.

“We’re proud to partner with the Cleveland Indians to provide Progressive Field with a premier, high-definition video display system,” said Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach. “As venues hosting live sporting events continue to strive to improve fan entertainment, Daktronics continues to provide industry-leading technology to stay in front of these trends. This installation will deliver an impressive and memorable game-day experience for Indians fans in 2016.”

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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