Posted: Feb 13, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The final piece of a $10 million project to enhance Baggett Stadium — a state-of-the-art Daktronics videoboard — will be ready for use when Cal Poly opens its 30-game home baseball schedule next week.
Bob Janssen Field also will have a new videoboard installed prior to the Mustang softball team's home opener March 8.
The baseball videoboard will be 36 feet wide by 20.4 feet tall, the exact size of the old scoreboard, with 1080-by-612 pixel resolution LED lighting and 10-millimeter pixel pitch, exceeding what Major League ballparks have today. Dimensions of the softball videoboard will be 25 feet by 14.5 feet.
"This is another big step forward in improving our facilities to impact fan engagement and the student-athlete experience," said Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman. "A big thank you to our donors and supporters for helping get this project moving forward.
"Also, the great partnership with Learfield/IMG College and Mustangs Sports Properties ultimately got us to the finish line on these two new video displays," Oberhelman added.
Corporate sponsor and partner Learfield/IMG College is covering 50 percent of the total cost of the two videoboards.
Other baseball videoboard supporters include the Newkirk Family (Jim and Martha Newkirk, Joe and Ailam Newkirk, Michael and Maria Fong), Robin and Michelle Baggett, David and Bianca Mossman, Jason and Erin Novi, Monty and Sue Waltz, and John and Tracy Ronca.
"The addition of the videoboard is another step in making Baggett Stadium one of the premier facilities on the West Coast," said Mustang head baseball coach Larry Lee. "A special thank you to all who made this possible. They were able to make this happen in a very short period of time.
"The people that contributed to this project are the same donor leaders who have supported Cal Poly Baseball for decades, which also includes their contributions toward the clubhouse project," Lee added.
Fourth-year junior infielder Dylan Doherty has seen all of the changes being made to Baggett Stadium.
"With all these improvements, Baggett Stadium will be one of the best-looking college fields on the West Coast," said Doherty. "There is constant improvement to the stadium every year.
"These projects will help recruiting and make our team even better," Doherty added. "They are updating all facets, whether it's on the field for the players or elsewhere for the fans. This is great to see."
Softball videoboard donors include the Katheryne Beynon Foundation (Alexandra Bannon, Trustee), Mark and Rachel Neville, Kelley and Dan Lashley, and Kelly McInerney and Brian Rainie.
"We're thrilled to have the new video scoreboard at Bob Janssen Field," said Cal Poly head softball coach Jenny Condon. "It upgrades our stadium and will give our fans an even more interactive experience. Janssen Field is already a fun place to play and this will make it even better.
"We're grateful to our donors and their commitment to Cal Poly softball," Condon added. "The improvements with the Mustang Softball Alumni Hitting Facility and now the scoreboard will continue to help make our program more competitive in the Big West and the country."
At Baggett Stadium, the two-year project began in early 2018 with installation of permanent bleachers, raising the capacity to 3,138, and replacing the backstop poles with netting providing for an unobstructed view of the field.
Centerpiece of the Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project is the $8 million Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse.
Demolition of the old clubhouse took place shortly following the conclusion of the 2018 season. The new facility, scheduled to be completed by the end of summer, includes a two-story, 10,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a lounge and kitchen, meeting and study space, locker room, training room, offices, and a therapeutic cold plunge pool.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs open the 2019 season this weekend at Oklahoma and will host Cal to open their home schedule Feb. 22-24.
The softball program, which has been using its new Mustang Softball Alumni Hitting Facility since the middle of the 2018 season, plays its first home game March 8 against Iowa State and Utah State in the ShareSLO Mustang Classic.