> PROFILE BY CLAIRE SWEDBERG
SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO THINK BIG. When Pueblo, Colo.’s
Dutch Clark Stadium needed a new scoreboard and lighting, Pueblo City Schools (PCS) considered modest options
to keep the cost down. Due to some forward thinking, support and fundraising efforts from electrical contractor Pueblo
Electrics Inc. (PE), the stadium now boasts a state-of-the-art light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system and video
board for scores and footage.
All four PCS high school teams compete in football, soccer
and track at the centralized stadium. However, it is far more
than a sporting complex; it’s a venue where generations of families have gathered for the better part of a century. This is where
alumni revel in their school pride and where century-old school
rivalries live on. The 65-year-old facility can seat up to 15,000
people and is often filled to capacity for big games.
However, the structure was starting to show its age. The
42-year-old scoreboard had become unreliable and was hard
to read from the stands. The stadium’s outdated metal-halide
lighting cast shadows across the field. Poles needed to be
replaced, and the electrical wiring required updating. Even
worse, engineers inspecting the stadium found rust and corro-
sion on the light poles, creating a safety concern, according to
Bob Lawson, PCS director of facilities.
PCS considered the options. The lighting and scoreboard
presented both challenges and opportunities for the board of
education to tie the two projects together. But, by doing so, it
would keep the stadium functional while providing upgrades
to enhance the player and fan experience.
Both upgrades were completed over the summer of 2015.
The lights were installed and operational before the beginning
of the football season, and the scoreboard followed two weeks
later, just in time for the first big rivalry game of the season.
Pueblo Electrics installs scoreboard and
LED lighting at Dutch Clark Stadium