Quad-Cities River Bandits fans attending games at Modern Woodmen Park this summer are going HD.
The Midwest League club and City of Davenport jointly unveiled plans this morning for a $347,000 video board which will be installed at the Davenport baseball stadium in early June, shortly before the River Bandits host the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game.
“It will be one of the biggest video boards in all of baseball and will only add to the experience for fans attending games at Modern Woodmen Park,’’ River Bandits general manager Kirk Goodman said at a news conference.
The high-definition video board will be more than twice as large than the one it will replace on the stadium’s scoreboard in left field. The new board will cover 690 square feet and will be 35 feet wide and 20 feet high.
The existing video board covers 320 square feet.
“We have one of the premier baseball stadiums in the country and it is a jewel on the Davenport riverfront,’’ Davenport mayor Bill Gluba said. “This new video board only adds to the improve-ments that the city and the River Bandits have partnered on to enhance the experience for fans who enjoy affordable entertainment here all year.’’
The project will be funded jointly by the River Bandits and the City of Davenport, using dollars generated through the team’s lease with the city that are required to be reinvested into the city-owned stadium under terms of the agreement.
A year ago, those monies helped fund a $400,000 reconstruction of the playing surface at the ball-park which was designed to enhance player safety and create improved drainage which in turn decreased the number of rained out games.