Motorists passing the ballpark in recent weeks could see that something was going on,as the skeletal facade of the center field scoreboard has been taken apart. This afternoon the Buffalo Bisons announced that the team will be undertaking a replacement of the current scoreboard, with a new high-definition LED scoreboard. Manufactured by Daktronics and measuring 80′ x 33′ it will be the largest such display in all of minor league baseball.
To give a comparison, the board currently in place, which was installed prior to the 1999 season, measures 38′ x 19′.
Mayor Byron Brown was also on hand, to announce that the city will be paying for the installation of a new energy efficient lighting system that will greatly reduce the ballpark’s energy demands. Brown stated that the energy savings could cut costs by as much as two thirds. “We will of course, plow those savings back into further improvements to the ballpark,” the Mayor promised.
Bisons President Jonathan Dandes stated that these current improvements, along with the replacement of the playing surface and installation of a new state of the art drainage system, are part of a constant organizational review of the ballpark physical plant and game day experience. “At least twice a year we evaluate our ballpark and ask what can we do better. We do a lot of benchmarking. Between Bucz (Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski) and I, we’ve been to probably every AAA and AA ballpark, and we pick up stuff and ideas everywhere we go. So this gives us a chance to see what our colleagues and partners in baseball are doing and we come back and try to do what works here. It is an ongoing process.”
The new scoreboard will be in place and ready to go come Opening Day April 7, when the Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs at 3PM. That is only 85 days away!