New scoreboard in, old one to help tornado victims

A new state-of-the art scoreboard was installed Tuesday at Bellefontaine’s football field as preparations are being made for the unveiling of AcuSport Stadium on Aug. 29.


The new scoreboard for AcuSport Stadium, which will be dedicated at Bellefontaine’s season opener against Wapakoneta on Aug. 29, was installed Tuesday afternoon. The old scoreboard has been donated to a women’s college rugby team in Nebraska. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The scoreboard is part of a project that includes a new artificial playing surface and improvements to the track, bleachers and press box. 

The old Dodd Stadium scoreboard will live on, though, as it eventually will be moved to a small town in upper Nebraska. There it will benefit a small college’s women’s rugby team, which saw its field wiped out by a tornado last year.

“They posted a note on the (Ohio High School Athletic Association) website explaining that they were in need of a scoreboard,” said Bellefontaine athletic director Matt Comstock. “Originally, we had no plans for our old one. The stadium committee as a whole felt good about being able to use useful parts from our project to help others, especially a group that was impacted by a natural disaster.”

An F4 tornado struck near the campus of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., last October. It went through the town’s airport, industrial park, an ag sales area and a softball and rugby complex. The tornado hit just after the Wayne State women’s rugby team scattered to safety.


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