We ran this story Tuesday, June 24. Now, as shown in these photos and the one above, work has started on the scoreboard.
It's not quite the size of the video board financed by Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones down in Dallas.
But when the new scoreboard at Central York High School's stadium is completed, though, it will be the first of its kind in York County.
The large scoreboard will sit eight feet off the ground, fashioned to four steel beams, and measure 36 feet wide by 36 feet tall. It's so big it will include a video board for fans to watch the action on the field, including replays.
Crews broke ground on the structure Monday, June 23. They started by tearing down the old scoreboard. The new one will go in the same location. Four holes, each 18-feet deep, will be drilled into the ground and filled by the four steel beams. The actual scoreboard is set to arrive sometime Wednesday, June 25, according to Dave Trimbur, who is the executive director of The Panther Foundation.
"The scoreboard we're getting, I don't know of one in Pennsylvania yet. I know there are others coming online after ours," Trimbur said by phone.
The Panther Foundation is paying for the cost and installation of the new scoreboard. According to its website, the foundation is an 11-year-old nonprofit that assists the Central York School District's Board of Education in "finding new and unique means of raising revenue for programs and projects outside the current financial budget" for the school district.
"Part of it wasn't just for football. The stadium is used for other things, like graduation," Trimbur said of the new scoreboard. "Now at graduation kids are gonna be able to be seen on the big screen. And we're gonna use it for other things as well."
Why the upgrade?: Trimbur said he believes the old scoreboard at the stadium has been around since the high school opened at the 601 Mundis Mill Road address in Springettsbury Township in 2005.
"That scoreboard, within the next year or so, its bulbs were going to have to be replaced.
But those bulbs aren't made anymore now that lights are going to LEDs," he said. "These scoreboards that were built 10 to 12 years ago, I don't know the terminology, but they just said their bulbs weren't gonna be available in the long run."
Trimbur said the scoreboards at Central's soccer and baseball stadiums will soon face similar problems in coming years, but the district will look to offset those by recycling the old football scoreboard.
"What we're hoping to do is take the old pieces from the football scoreboard and keep those other scoreboards running," Trimbur said. The Panther Foundation will pay for the scoreboard through sponsorships. Given the size of the board, there will be plenty of room for sponsors. Eventually, Trimbur said, the foundation will make back the money it spent on the board. And once that point is reached, the foundation will still continue to get sponsors for the board.
"It will allow us to raise additional income for other programs," Trimbur said.
Trimbur declined when asked to put a price tag on the new scoreboard.
"We (the Panther Foundation) are still funding other programs as we speak," he said.
"This is really one of the only athletic ones we really sponsored."
Trimbur said 95 percent of the foundation's annual budget usually goes toward supporting academic programs in the district.
The district's Board of Education approved the project at its Nov. 18 meeting. According to the agenda of that meeting, which is provided on the district website, 5 percent of the money raised through sponsorships will go back to the district for the ongoing future maintenance of the scoreboard. Once the foundation makes back the money spent on the scoreboard, the money raised through sponsorships from that point on will be split evenly between the foundation and the school district. Scoreboard company Nevco designed the structure being installed this week at Central. Trimbur said he's unsure of the actual diameters of the video board, but did say it will be operated by Central students as part of a class offered at the high school.
"Ideally we could be operational next week," he said. "They're telling us, as with anything to this magnitude, it'll take us a little bit of time to get thing everything working seamlessly. By end of this week you'll see a behemoth of a structure over there."
- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.