RE: “I’m tired of living in the land of dismal scoreboards”
I came across an article in the Ottawa Citizen yesterday. It was written by Bruce Ward, and the topic was the Ottawa Senators’ gigantic Jumbotron that casts a shadow over the ice surface at Scotiabank Place. This post is my reply to that article.
Here is a bit of what he had to say:
The scoreboard at Scotiabank Place is outdated and boring. Every time I look up, I expect to see flashing light bulbs that spell out “Nothing to Look At Here.” It reminds me of a giant hot-water tank that runs on kerosene…
…I want a scoreboard that shows Alfie’s latest X-rays and MRI results. A scoreboard that displays photos of who the players are dating, with helpful captions like “Dresses kind of slutty,” “Only after his money” and “Wonder why such a beauty is going out with a forward who is a total numpty.”
I realize that the Senators are a top-tier pro hockey team, and that the Scotiabank Place is a world-class 20,000 seat arena. However, Mr. Ward, you should take a look at some of the other sports scoreboards around the City of Ottawa before you complain about SBP’s Jumbotron again. You will then see just how fortunate Sens fans are.
Imagine if the Senators’s scoreboard was so bad, that you couldn’t see the score, the shots on goal, or any penalties until the end of the period. That’s basically what Ottawa Fat Cats fans have to deal with every single time they enter Ottawa Stadium to catch a baseball game. The analog part of the scoreboard which usually displays the count, the score, the batter’s average, the hits and the errors is completely broken, as you can see in the picture.
You’re begging for a brand spankin’ new, 10 Gajillion pixel, blue line-to-blue line, HD Jumbotron. Let’s face it, you’ll get that. The all-star game is coming to Ottawa, and Melnyk already confirmed it on the radio for next season. In the mean time, OSG hasn’t even made an announcement yet on fixing Ottawa Stadium’s scoreboard.
At least your concerns are being dealt with.