Cedar Rapids council approves larger scoreboard for Veterans Memorial Stadium

Equipment to be paid for with funds from city, veterans commission, Kernels

The new scoreboard at the city’s Veterans Memorial Stadium minor league ballpark will be larger than the old one and cost nearly half a million dollars.

The City Council this week approved the purchase of the new scoreboard from Daktronics Inc., Brookings, S.D., which submitted the lowest responsive bid of $497,200 for the project.

The purchase price includes an additional amount to allow the city to buy a bigger scoreboard than the one it is replacing. The current scoreboard is 36 feet wide and 30 feet tall and the new one will be 48 feet wide and 30 feet tall, according to a city report. The current scoreboard, the report says, is among the smaller ones in the Midwest League.

The new scoreboard should be in place for the start of the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ season in April.

In August, the city, the Kernels and the city’s Veterans Memorial Commission, which oversees the stadium’s operation, created a $3-million capital improvement fund for use at the stadium over 10 years. The scoreboard will be paid for from money in this fund. The city is contributing $1.5 million to the fund, the commission, $1 million, and the ballclub, $500,000.

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