JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Baseball is back in Jacksonville. The Suns take on the Jackson Generals Thursday night in its home opener.
The organization will debut its newly installed video board.
The video board is 60 by 27 feet and cost $1.2 million. The board was paid for through a partnership between the city of Jacksonville, the Suns, and the tourism department.
During the games, the board will provide information like statistics, pictures, the roster, and eventually video replays.
So, if fans were buying a hot dog during a play and missed it, they will be able to watch it again on the video board.
Chris Peters, the Suns' general manager, said, "The old one, we were having a lot of issues with it, it was breaking down, the Florida/Florida State game two years ago, it just wouldn't work, so we were having some issues with it but, it's just obviously a major upgrade, and it's going to make the game experience tremendous."
The board was tested out during the Florida game last week.
Crews will spend Thursday putting the finishing touches on the stadium. Employees spent months preparing for this night making sure the seats are clean, the stadium is decorated, and the concession stands are full.
That also includes getting new things ready that will debut Thursday. There are new designs on the field that say Bragan Field. The field is named after the late owner of the team Peter Bragan, Sr.
The organization wants to put on the best show they can, including the players.
"We should have a really good team, the Marlins have a ton of talent in the system right now. So we are fortunate enough to have a great great group of players, should have a really strong team, good pitching, good hitting. It's a very positive outlook for this year," says Peters.
The game starts tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Jackson Generals. The first 3,000 fans get a free Peter Bragan, Sr. bobblehead.
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