By Taylor McKay Hathorn
Clinton Arrows football fans will hopefully enjoy an enhanced game day experience this fall.
The Clinton Public School District (CPSD) recently posted bids for two separate athletic improvement projects, including a new football “jumbotron” and visitor side press box upgrades at Clinton High School’s Arrow Field.
The school board indicated to Financial Director Libby Callegan at their March meeting that they would like to see initial construction on both projects begin by early summer, so that the improvements could be completed in advance of the start of football season in early September. Before the Board voted 5-0 to begin accepting bids, now-Board President Derek Holmes stated that the Board had “kicked the can down the road long enough” on improving existing athletic facilities and that he was delighted that the district would begin receiving bids on the two projects.
The first posted bid is for a football videoboard to be placed at Arrow Field, complete with an LED matrix display. The product requested will allow live and recorded video clips to be played, including real time scores and stats, and will also have the capability to display animations and graphics.
The school district has asked that companies putting in a bid for the construction of the sign offer a five-year, no-cost warranty on manufacturing defects and that at least two company employees be located within thirty miles of Clinton High School in case of immediate product or servicing needs.
The second bid is for the purchase and installation of a press box for the visitor side of the stadium, expected to measure eight feet in width and twenty-four feet in length, complete with a filming area and observation deck on the roof of the structure. The construction of the observation deck will include an access hatch, along with a four-foot guardrail, to ensure safety. The bid also specified that the press box was to be of “open construction,” meaning that wiring and other such internal elements could be viewed and repaired without the total or partial disassembly of the press box itself.
Clinton High School Executive Principal Brett Robinson says that he is looking forward to the pair of improvements on his campus.
“The addition of the videoboard will allow us to take our game day experience to a new level. No matter the sport or activity taking place, the videoboard will provide new opportunities to celebrate and recognize our student-athletes and community, and the content on the board will be mostly produced by students in our TV Broadcast Journalism program,” Robinson remarked. “And the addition of the visitor press box will ensure we have adequate space in the home press box to house the appropriate staff needed for games.”
The Clinton Public School District will accept bids on these projects through 2 p.m. on May 14, although it is within their rights to decline all bids received and to reopen the floor to receive additional bids. Bid requests can be viewed in their entirety at www.clintonpublicschools.com/page/9448.