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BY WILL NATIONS
and JOSH PRESLEY
The bright lights of McCallister Field will grow even brighter at the start of the 2014 football season.
The West Point School District board approved the construction of a new $179,119 scoreboard, which includes a video screen and two play clocks at its meeting Monday.
West Point High School Athletic Director Chris Chambless, who is also the head football coach, said he and the board have been discussing a new scoreboard for the past two months and believes it will create a better atmosphere at Hamblin Stadium in the fall.
âThe scoreboard we have right now is obsolete,â Chambless added. âWeâve spent thousands of dollars to keep it operating.â
The scoreboardâs entire structure will be 27 feet high and 32 feet wide, and the video screen will be 9 feet, 6 inches by 16 feet, 9 inches, according to Chambless.
Rainey Electronics will build the new scoreboard and video screen,and the cost will be covered from ad revenue, according to WPSD Business Manager Susan Cothren.
âWe have to have a new scoreboard,â Cothren said. âThe old one has been there since 2001, and is holding together by a string and a thread to the point that we have major issues with it every season.â
She said there will be ads on the actual board, then paid commercials on the video screen. The ad revenue will pay for the scoreboard over the course of five years, according to Cothren. Clark Beverages is going to sponsor the play clocks.
âDifferent sized ads have different contracts, with one being $4,000 a year for five years, and another being $2,000 a year,â Cothren said. âClark Beverages will sponsor the play clocks, and its contract is $3,000 a year for six years.â
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