Conner Field to receive new scoreboard
Updated 3:20 pm, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
NEW CANAAN — The long dysfunctional scoreboard at Conner Field will soon be replaced.
The Board of Selectmen approved at their Aug. 6 special meeting the purchase and installation of the new scoreboard at the field.
“The scoreboard has not been functioning very well for the last few years,” said Superintendent of Parks John Howe. “It would be over $3,000 just to repair it with the same kinds of problems potentially coming down the road. So that’s why we put the money in the budget to replace it completely.”
The large part of the scoreboard — $7,000 — will be funded by the Parks Department. The remainder — $866 — will be provided by the New Canaan High School Booster Club.
“We will have a couple games, most likely, without the scoreboard,” said First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III.
The scoreboard is expected to be installed sometime this fall, though an exact date is not known. Howe said the contractor, Northeast Scoreboard LLC., is expecting to receive the board mid-September.
“He’s willing to install it the week he gets it.” Howe said, who added the existing scoreboard is between 12 and 15 years old.
“As one that frequents (Selectman Nick Williams’) son’s games, I couldn’t believe we didn’t have a scoreboard that worked down there and I know the frustration of the parents so this is nice to see,” Mallozzi said.
The field is used by New Canaan High School soccer and baseball programs.
Williams, whose son, Kent, is co-captain of the New Canaan High School varsity soccer team, said, “The scoreboard stopped working midday through the season and it was so old the cost to fix it didn’t make sense.
“A bit embarrassing to have visiting teams come with no operating scoreboard,” Williams added. “I don’t believe I ever saw that at any FCIAC away games!”