New Canaan’s new scoreboard being installed

The new scoreboard at New Canaan's Dunning Field.

While interviewing New Canaan athletic director Jay Egan this afternoon for a story I am working on, he was out by the football field, watching the school’s new $80,000 state-of-the-art scoreboard being installed.

Egan said it should be up by the end of the day and they hope to have the power running by Friday.

“It’s big,” Egan said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Egan said he was told New Canaan is the only school in New England to have this type of scoreboard, which will be able to broadcast live events and show replays.

“I don’t know yet what it all entails,” he said. “There’s going to be a learning curve. We have to investigate the program it runs on. It runs through a computer. If we had graduation, we could use an HD camera and project it through the scoreboard.”

Despite the cost, Egan predicted these type of scoreboards will soon become more commonplace.

“We needed a new scoreboard,” Egan said. “It’s the wave of things to come. It might not be next year, but five years from now, as people need new scoreboards and the price comes down. With the functionality of it, it will be a decision for people to consider.”

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13 Responses

  1. James says:

    I am a NCHS student, and totally agree with everyone on this thread, “why do we need this.” However it was totally privately funded.

  2. Mike says:

    I think it’s a good thing. Now maybe these awful referee’s can see how many plays they botch instead of being pompous and lazy. Now at least they can be held accountable in some fashion.

  3. Leo Karl says:

    The new NCHS scoreboard was funded 100% by private donations through the schools All-Sports Booster Club. Ad revenues will pay back the cost in a few short years, then additional revenue can be used to make other improvements to facilities. Other towns can do this same thing…

  4. why seeing green? says:

    Agree with ramfan – Dollars may be fungible, but I think it’s worth exploring whether the new scoreboard was funded out of the athletic/school budget or from private donations before jumping to conclusions about how the Town or administration spends their money. In addition, if this new scoreboard is as high-tech gee-whiz impressive as it appears, it would seem that there would be an enormous opportunity for advertising by local businesses that could pay for the scoreboard in a few seasons. In that regard, NC is simply showing the way to other towns.

  5. ramfan says:

    Agreeing with John, New Canaan can do with its money whatever it wants to do with its money. This is an elite program that gets to the state championship almost every year and almost always wins it, and if the school wants to drop money on a new scoreboard for the most winning school of late in CT then it has the right to do so.

  6. curious not furious says:

    Seems like a questionable expenditure, regardless of how much money seems to be flowing into the New Canaan athletic program.

  7. John says:

    Not sure why tech school issues and other schools frosh programs are New Canaan’s problem. If you can do it, do it. From the article, the scoreboard is going to be used for a lot more things than just football.

  8. Dave Ruden says:

    Everyone: There are a number of comments that have been coming in for this post that are insensitive and inappropriate and will not be posted. I’ll put up anything, pro or con, as long as it is written in a professional manner. If not, don’t waste your time sending a comment in. Thanks.

  9. HenryC says:

    I’m not hating on them in any way. If you can afford it, get it. However, this personifies southwestern CT and America as a whole. Some people have everything and some (the Bpt schools for example, one of which doesn’t even have its own field(Bassick)) don’t seem to get much at all. I’m happy for the kids at New Canaan and I hope they appreaciate the scoreboard. However, I can’t lie, stuff like this makes me shake my head and say: “do they really need that?”

  10. johnnyribbs says:

    don’t hate. congratulate.

    think of the warm feeling those bpt kids will have in their hearts when they not only see an instant replay of NC running the score up on their program, but can wrap their heads around the nice picture came from a donation that would support their entire program for four years.

  11. awesomescoreboard says:

    it’s amazing, and if you cannot at least appreciate that, you have issues.

  12. danbury fan says:

    same up in danbury. freshman sports were cancelled until the city found and extra $60k last week. its nice to know that’s about the same price for some fancy scoreboard

  13. Mike says:

    Wow, and tech school sports basically had their heads chopped off until late last week. Must be a struggle to live in New Canaan.