South Whidbey High School’s new $82,491 Daktronic scoreboard debuted on Friday night.
It went without a hitch.
The scoreboard’s digital LED screen seamlessly switched between displaying advertisements from sponsors to presenting information from the game, such as when a flag was thrown by a referee. It also flashed messages advising fans to pick up a game program from the main gate or to visit the concession stand.
The new scoreboard replaced its 30-year-old predecessor, which was prone to failure and malfunctions during sporting events.
It is the second Daktronic scoreboard on display at the high school; the other is located inside the school’s gymnasium and is used for volleyball, basketball and wrestling.
The total cost for the two scoreboards, as well as a digital clock, was $176,605. Half of the bill was funded through a marketing and fundraising campaign organized by community member Jon Chapman and South Whidbey School District Maintenance Director Brian Miller in October 2016. The sponsors, which pay for long-term advertising on the back of Waterman Field’s press box and main gymnasium field, include Hanson’s Building Supply, Porter Whidbey Insurance, China City, Whidbey Coffee, Mukilteo Coffee Roasters, Whidbey Telecom and Rich’s for the Home.
Chapman said it was “great” to see all the businesses come together to make the purchase of the scoreboards possible.
“It was exciting to finally see it working,” Chapman said. “For whatever reason, the scoreboard has been the talk of the town for the past few years.”