MARQUETTE - Spectators at tonight's Escanaba-Marquette Senior High School varsity football game will see a new scoreboard at Hart Stadium.
MSHS athletics coordinator Jamie Tuma said Thursday the new Daktronics scoreboard was installed Tuesday by Cook Sign Service and Code Electric.
It replaces one at the south end of the stadium by the hill the school "had issues with" the last few years.
With contributions from four local auto dealers, Marquette Senior High School was able to construct this new football scoreboard at William Hart Stadium. (Journal photo by Matt Wellens)
"The lights would blink on and off and one game, went out entirely due to a heavy wind," Tuma said. "It had seen better times and needed an update.
"Finding the money to replace it was a challenge."
Jim Rankin of the Marquette County Youth Football program and four area businesses stepped up to held fund the project.
"Jim contacted Randy Norton at Fox Marquette and he then spoke with the others (Public Service Garage, Riverside Auto and Frei Chevrolet)," Tuma said.
"They pooled their money and generously donated funds for the new scoreboard."
She said the entire $11,197 cost of the scoreboard was funded by the four local businesses.
An additional $4,198 to remove the old scoreboard and install the new one was reduced to a $1,500 cost to the school district through the assistance of the MSHS Friends of Football, the county's youth football program, and help from Cook Sign and Code Electric.
"The old scoreboard is available to anyone who wants it," Tuma said. "Otherwise, we'll dispose of it."
A halftime presentation is scheduled tonight at the game to salute those who were instrumental in acquiring the new scoreboard.
Tuma said the new scoreboard is the same size as the old one, but wireless. The MSHS logo is shown on the top, with the names of the four sponsors listed on the bottom.
"It's very clear and (the names and numbers) easy to see," Tuma said. "It also can be used for other sports such as track and soccer."
The new scoreboard was used Thursday night during the Escanaba-MSHS freshman football game.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.