By Marty Gordon
Auburn High School has a new scoreboard at its football stadium that can also be used for soccer.
Auburn Athletic Director Paul Dominy said getting the new scoreboard was a no-brainer. “We got to the point that the current scoreboard) was so old the company that manufactured it was no longer making replacement modules to repair breakdowns. Once that happened, it forced us to look at getting a new scoreboard,” Dominy said.
The funding for the new scoreboard came largely from the Eagles Nest Fund, collected over the years to support the structures of the football stadium for the football team. The original hope for the fund was that it would help with construction of a fieldhouse and locker room, but with the construction of the new Auburn High School with locker rooms near the stadium, that was no longer necessary. According to Dominy, the scoreboard is the first major stadium project that has been worthy of the use of the funds.
“The new scoreboard is up and running and looks fabulous,” he said earlier this week.
The new scoreboard has brighter numbers in both red and yellow. Atop the scoreboard is a new Auburn sign, and the new board is ecofriendly, using less than half of the electricity of the old one. The control panel is remote, so there are no hardwire connections to maintain, making it a simpler system.
Dominy said a lot of people were involved in this effort.
“I would like to thank those who donated to the Eagles Nest Fund for making this renovation possible,” the AD said. “I’d also like to thank the Montgomery County Public Schools central office and Greg Burgess in particular for their support in making this project happen. And I’d like to thank Chris Stewart for his support in working with the donors to approve this as the best use of the Eagles Nest funds.”