Seven years ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team decided to scrap their outdated Sony Jumbotron for a fancy high-definition model. The old scoreboard was heading for the garbage heap until people in San Diego heard what was going on.
Qualcomm Stadium has a Jumbotron, one so ancient it’s discontinued. Sony doesn’t even make parts for it anymore. So the Diamondbacks’ trash became San Diego’s treasure. San Diego officials shipped the old Jumbotron from Phoenix. There was $1 million worth of parts inside, Qualcomm Stadium Manager Mike McSweeney said. The city bought the scoreboard for $15,000 and is ready to scavenge it when needed.
The tale of the second-hand Jumbotron perfectly encapsulates what’s wrong with Qualcomm Stadium. The building isn’t in danger of falling down. It’s just old and ragged.