Rye boosters push for new scoreboard

Rye’s scoreboard in the southwest corner of Nugent Stadium will soon be replaced by a newer model thanks to fundraising efforts by the Rye Booster Club. Photo/Corey Baumer

Rye’s scoreboard in the southwest corner of Nugent Stadium will soon be replaced by a newer model thanks to fundraising efforts by the Rye Booster Club. Photo/Corey Baumer

Plans are underway to ensure that Rye’s athletic teams will have a new scoreboard this fall, as Rye parents and alumni are in the process of raising funds for a new installation for Nugent Stadium.

The current scoreboard, which members of the newly formed New Scoreboard Committee believe was donated some 40 years ago, is simply too antiquated to serve Rye’s teams any longer, according to several in the community.

“There’s some upkeep, it’s faded and some of the figures don’t work properly,” said Ted Livingston, who has been instrumental in the process so far. “Really, it’s pretty old.”

Three months ago, a committee comprised of parents on various Rye athletic teams approached the school board with a proposal to raise funds for the new scoreboard. The proposal was accepted and the fundraising process began. Livingston estimates that $45,000 will need to be raised in total, but that, so far, the community has been very forthcoming in their donations

“Reaching out to the alumni association has been extremely helpful,” said Livingston. “They’ve been very willing to donate, and we’ve received verbal commitments from many of them.”

As far as the replacement scoreboard goes, Livingston was quick to dispel any notion that Nugent Stadium would soon be fitted with a garish monstrosity. The plan, he said was to make a more modest upgrade, one that would be in keeping with the atmosphere and history of the great Garnet home field.

“We’re trying to keep it about the same size, the same basic layout,” he said. “Some other schools have made the switch to huge jumbotrons on their scoreboard, but we didn’t want that, and we didn’t want a scoreboard that was replete with advertising.”

Fundraisers are hoping to make a push over the next few weeks so that the scoreboard can be ordered, shipped, and installed by the time the Garnet football team plays its first home game on September 7. Even if the fundraisers miss that deadline, he said, they hope to have it up sometime this fall.

“This is going to be something that doesn’t just benefit the football team,” he said. “You have so many sports; field hockey, lacrosse, boys and girls soccer. Everyone will benefit from this.”

For those looking to donate to the New Scoreboard Fund, checks made payable to Alumni and Friends of Rye High School Inc. can be mailed to the New Scoreboard Committee at PO Box 562, Rye NY 10580.
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