The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are partnering to bring the largest high-definition scoreboard to any Major League Baseball spring-training stadium, according to a press release from the Peoria Sports Complex.
Both teams share the Peoria Sports Complex in the Cactus League and are installing the scoreboard, in addition to recently building a children’s playground, to add to this year’s in-game experience.
“The City of Peoria is a modern and innovative city and we work closely alongside our partners to ensure the Peoria Sports Complex reflects these same traits,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “The new digital scoreboard is designed for dynamic viewing; and with the additional improvements to the complex, Peoria has taken the fan experience to a new level.”
According to Kristina Perez, an official with Peoria, the new scoreboard will be 2,100 square feet, with a video display measuring 35 feet high and 61 feet wide. She also said up-to-date LED technology will make it easier for fans to see the board on sunny days, and from any angle in the park.
Additionally, the scoreboard can be divided into multiple different sections on video to show a variety of statistics, videos, graphics and images to enhance the in-game experience.
The scoreboard will replace the original, built in 1994. This will be the first instance of the scoreboard technology being used at any spring-training stadium, the press release said.
“This new scoreboard is a much-needed upgrade for the Peoria Sports Complex,” said Peoria City Manager Carl Swenson. “Not only does this improve the overall fan experience but it shows the strength of the Padres and Mariners committed partnership with Peoria.”
Perez also said that along with improved video and image quality, the complex is undergoing installation of an improved audio system to deliver clear, intelligible and powerful audio.
Both the scoreboard and audio system are made by Daktronics, which installed many of the video boards at Safeco Field, where the Mariners play in the regular season.
City officials did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Arizona Republic about the cost of the scoreboard. However, the city has been investing in major improvements to its spring-training facilities over the past few years. In 2015, city officials told The Republic it expected to invest about $45 million in upgrades to the stadium and related training facilities for the teams.