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Building process starts for Joe Quintal scoreboard

Two posts of the new scoreboard at Joe Quintal Field are cemented into the ground on the west end of the field. The old scoreboard, which was installed in the 1984-85 school year, is shown in the back. The new scoreboard is projected to be finished by Mitchell’s first football game on Aug. 30. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Joe Quintal Field is getting closer to becoming the full facility that Mitchell High School Activities Director Geoff Gross envisioned.

Last week, the first steps were taken in constructing the stadium's new scoreboard, which will replace the old one that was installed in the 1984-85 school year. There are two steel posts cemented in behind the football field's west end goal posts. The posts had to sit in the concrete for a week before moving forward with the project, which costs a total of $220,000.

"The scoreboard is one of the pieces we were unable to get when the stadium was built," Gross said. "This brings us one step closer to using this facility to its full potential. I don't think we're to that point yet, but we're getting closer. It'd be great to hold more events in this facility."

Gross added he is shooting for the scoreboard to be completed by Tuesday, but there is a chance it may not be completely finished by the Kernels' season opener against Yankton on Aug. 30.

"We've got contingency plans in place if it doesn't get done," Gross said. "I think it will be operational besides having everything in place."

The project includes the scoreboard, a video board and sound system. The video board, which could show replays and corporate advertising when it's not showing game information, will be a 7 ½-feet tall by 14-foot, 9-inch wide display.

Gross said there's more inventory available, as far as sponsorships, than the school board originally thought. He added sponsorships can still be purchased at any level.

On Sept. 13, Joe Quintal Field will host a doubleheader with both the Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School football games, and sponsors will be recognized at the event. The Tigers kick off the afternoon with a game against Briar Cliff University at 1 p.m., with the Kernels hosting Pierre at 5 p.m.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.