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Sounds unveil new, modern guitar scoreboard for First Tennessee Park

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Mayor Dean and Sounds owner Frank Ward unveiled the new scoreboard in a brief news conference Friday. Mayor Dean and Sounds owner Frank Ward unveiled the new scoreboard in a brief news conference Friday.
The Nashville Sounds will pay for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard. The Nashville Sounds will pay for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard.
First Tennessee Park, the Sounds new stadium, will open next spring. First Tennessee Park, the Sounds new stadium, will open next spring.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward, alongside Mayor Karl Dean, announced a new state-of-the-art guitar shaped scoreboard will be placed at the team's new ballpark at First Tennessee Park.

In a brief news conference Ward said it was important to keep the iconic guitar shaped scoreboard at the Sounds stadium at Sulphur Dell, but give it a new modern look.

“This new video version [scoreboard] helps in our commitment to give fans at First Tennessee Park the very best experience possible and we will continue to have the most talked about scoreboard in baseball,” Ward said, adding, "At one of the press conferences I said the old one wasn't coming and I thought people were going to string me up on the spot. Everyone has come to know Nashville with the guitar score board.”

The new scoreboard will feature a high-definition LED screen which will allow fans to enjoy vivid graphics, colorful animations, statistics and player profiles.

“The key things are, you are going to be able to get a lot more information about each player when they come to bat. You'll be able to see exactly where the game stands here and then the photographs and film will be fantastic. It's going to be a really great score board,” Dean said.

The scoreboard will be 4,200 square feet, which is the equivalent to more than 830 32-inch flat screen televisions.

“As a baseball fan, I have wanted to see this ballpark come to fruition since I took office in 2007. This is something the city is looking forward to. We know a downtown ballpark will be a great addition to Nashville,” Dean said.

He continued, “The guitar shape is iconic to who we are in Music City and this is a great way to honor the many years of minor league baseball that has occurred here in Nashville. Continuing this tradition was important to the Sounds, important to the city and important to the fans.”

The Nashville Sounds will be paying for the scoreboard.

The new ballpark will be located on Jackson Street, east of the Bicentennial Mall between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

SLIDESHOW: Nashville Sounds to move to Sulphur Dell

Groundbreaking on the multi-million dollar project began earlier this year.

It is expected to open in April of 2015.

Sulphur Dell is the original home of Nashville's minor league team. The ballpark was built in 1870 and used for nearly 100 years until 1963. It was eventually demolished in 1969.

For more information on the Nashville Sounds, visit their Web site.

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