Bell Field Faribault gets a new dashboard

Excitement is building for the ongoing improvements at Bell Field in Faribault.

Among the current business of the Faribault city council meeting on Tuesday night was information regarding the purchase of a new scoreboard for the baseball stadium.

The Faribault Lakers are co-hosting the 2021 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament with the Dundas Dukes and Miesville Mudhens.

A number of improvements have already been made to Bell Field in preparation for hosting the event.

Pursuant to a letter of agreement between the Faribault Baseball Association and the Town of Faribault, the Town will purchase the scoreboard. The Baseball Association will reimburse the city for the full cost of the notice board.

AIM Electronics from Eden Prarie, Mn. sells the Daktronics LED baseball dashboard and accessories to the town of Faribault, which means no sales tax will be charged.

AIM will supply new I-beams, new concrete footings, assemble the new dashboard and provide in-person training to operators once a licensed electrician hired by the city has completed the final hookups.

A majority of the cost of $ 65,360 for the new dashboard is donated by the State Bank of Faribault, which will have its logo on the board.

It is similar to the current dashboard in that it contains simple basics. No video card like Bruce Smith Field. The letters in the graphic layout provided by AIM Electronics for the home and guests will be able to have the names of the teams. It is a digital LED board.

The color scheme will match the graphic layout we showed at the top of this article. The ‘decorative arched truss above the dashboard’ with Bell Field through it will not be backlit.

The cost includes removing the old card and installing the new card.

Faribault Lakers principal Charlie Lechtenberg is also the head coach of high school baseball and told KDHL POWER 96 that the board will be installed and functioning for the high school spring season.

It can be operated from the canoe or from the platform.

Lechtenberg added that there were still more improvements to be made before the arrival of the Minnesota amateur baseball tournament in late August. The tournament is hosted by the Minnesota Baseball Association.

Concrete slabs are poured along the first and third base lines along the black fence beyond each canoe to the outfield.

Lechtenberg says they also plan to build a deck on the third baseline that will be “awesome” for regular season use as well as for the state amateur baseball tournament.

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