Jan 29, 2016 9:01 PM by Ross Field
If you build it, they will come.
That's what Chico State Sports Information Director Luke Reid is hoping with the installation of a new scoreboard at Nettleton Stadium.
"I love it, I'm really excited about it," Reid said. "It looks nice and it's a great addition to this beautiful stadium."
The scoreboard itself stands 10-feet tall and stretches 36-feet wide. It rests on three pillars just beyond the left-center field wall and it's complete with an arch truss reading "Chico State" in the Wildcats' classic cardinal color.
"It does look sharp," Chico State Head Baseball Coach Dave Taylor said. "We're happy to finally get it up, great for the program."
Installation began at the end of last season and was completed one week ago. The cost for the board and truss ran the school approximately $28,000.
But an upgrade was necessary.
The old scoreboard was 19-years-old, outdated and damaged. Two years ago, the "ball" column stopped working and officials had to use the "at-bat" column to signify how many "balls" were in a count.
That wasn't the only issue.
"There was also a couple of light-bulbs that were always on for some reason which made it hard to tell how many runs a team had scored in one inning or another," added Reid.
The Chico State baseball team was hoping to show off the scoreboard for the first time on Friday, Jan. 29th, but the Wildcats' season opener against Menlo College was pushed back to Saturday, Jan. 30th, due to weather. First-pitch is set for 2:30pm and Coach Taylor hopes Nettleton Stadium's new addition will breathe new life into the program.
"We're excited to put some crooked numbers up there this weekend," said Taylor.