ROCKINGHAM — The sometimes testy and sometimes friendly rivalry between Richmond Senior and Scotland just moved to another level.
Scotland officials last week announced plans to add a video scoreboard to Pate Stadium this fall. The project is expected to be formally approved at a school board meeting next week.
The dimensions on Scotland’s new scoreboard are expected to be 25 feet by 38 feet and the video screen will be 18 feet by 13 feet.
Before the announcement by the rivals to the east, Richmond athletic director Ricky Young had been working on drumming up support for a new scoreboard at Raider Stadium. Young said he isn’t sure how old the current scoreboard is at the field, but believes it is time for a new one.
Young said a new scoreboard is one of the top concerns for the school, however, getting the soccer field and the surrounding facilities ready for the upcoming season is the No. 1 task at the moment.
“Our main focus is completing the soccer project,” Young said. “The next big project is replacing the scoreboard at the football field.”
Richmond soccer coach Bennie Howard said the flag pole was recently installed and the field’s scoreboard is expected to arrive at any time.
One issue that is being worked on is the water pressure to the sprinkler system. Howard said officials are working on the problem to avoid the brown patches that have popped up on the field because the streams from the sprinklers aren’t currently overlapping. Howard believes the patches will disappear once the water pressure issue is resolved.
Among the remaining items to be completed for the soccer project are : the building of a concession stand, bathrooms and locker rooms at the old drivers’ ed/ISS building; the paving of the parking lot; and the installation of the scoreboard.
Young said when the soccer field and the facilities are game-ready, then he can turn his attention to a new scoreboard at Raider Stadium. Young isn’t opposed to looking at a video scoreboard, but is cautious about joining Scotland and Mallard Creek with that amenity.
“We’ll have to look at our options,” Young said. “We have priced several different options. When the soccer project is completed, we will look at our budget.”
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