It took months of work by both Florida Tech and the Brevard County school district, but everyone was smiling as representatives watched the new scoreboard be installed at Florida Tech Panther Stadium on the campus of Palm Bay Magnet High School.
Palm Bay Magnet High principal John Thomas wasn’t sure he would get to see this day.
“I just thought we would work to fix the old one but I am so happy it is over there,” Thomas said pointing to the old scoreboard on the side of the fence. “I will be even more happy when it is gone.”
The original scoreboard was in need of repairs and instead of putting money into it the board and Florida Tech decided to partner up once again to improve the stadium.
“This is something that we knew had to be addressed and we are so fortunate to have the level of cooperation with the school board that we could partner and get done. We also have sponsors that helped so it was a group effort to improve the facility,” Florida Tech athletic director Bill Jurgens said. “It was time. We are so proud to be playing in this stadium and to have a good facility.”
Earlier this year, Florida Tech purchased the naming rights to the stadium and has partnered with the school district to make improvements to the stadium.
The scoreboard stands 18 feet tall and 24 feet wide and features both school’s names as well as a screen to feature advertisers and other announcements or events.
“Its absolutely great, it could never be done without our district being involved and FIT, we have a great relationship with them. I am really impressed with the cooperation between the two sides. It is a great relationship,” Thomas said. “The scoreboard we had has been there so many years. So proud for our student body and for our football players and soccer players to be able to utilize this.”
And it will be ready for tonight’s Palm Bay High football game against Satellite, which kicks off at 7 p.m.