Walton unveils sparkling new video scoreboard
by Adam Carrington
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August 04, 2010 12:00 AM | 3502 views | 8 8 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two young fans crane their necks to admire the brand-new video scoreboard during Tuesday’s celebration of the spruced-up Raider Valley. The stadium’s new artificial turf field was also unveiled.
Two young fans crane their necks to admire the brand-new video scoreboard during Tuesday’s celebration of the spruced-up Raider Valley. The stadium’s new artificial turf field was also unveiled.
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MARIETTA - The brand-new video scoreboard at Raider Valley will allow Walton football fans to see much more than the score, the running clock and what quarter the game is in.

Manufactured by Fair-Play, the videoboard, which is 16 feet wide and 9 feet tall, will allow fans to see slow-motion replays and highlight reels. Walton athletic director Christian Suttle said it's the highest-resolution screen at a high school stadium in metro Atlanta. There are also six side panels that will be used for community advertising.

"The fans will be more involved with what's going on on the field," Suttle said. "It gets the community more involved and gives us the opportunity to showcase many of our businesses in the area."

Walton is just the second high school in Cobb County to install a video scoreboard. Lassiter christened its board at Frank Fillmann Stadium before the 2007 season.

The $145,000 video scoreboard is a part of several current and future upgrades planned for Raider Valley. The school just installed a new artificial-turf field, through the county's allocation of SPLOST funds, and is now raising money to install a new running track and renovate the concessions and bathrooms, with the idea of making it a two-story building.

Walton football coach Rocky Hidalgo said the football, soccer and lacrosse programs have made contributions to the school and have been committed to renovating the facility.

Duluxe Athletics just finished laying the artificial turf, giving the Raiders plenty of time to prepare for their season-opening game with Brookwood on Aug. 21 at the Georgia Dome, another artificial field. Walton's home opener is Sept. 3 against Milton.

Walton was the second county school to unveil its new turf field, following South Cobb last week. Kennesaw Mountain is next, followed by the second of four installation phases.

"Everybody is excited," Hidalgo said. "Any time you get something new, everybody likes new toys. From our coaches and players, everyone is excited, and they come by and check it out on a regular basis. I get e-mails every day on how great the stadium looks.

"From the top down, everyone is extremely excited and fired up about the place. Our touchdown club and soccer and lacrosse (teams) got together and made a commitment in making those contributions that we wanted to go up and finish the stadium and fix everything else here."

Walton's "W" shield logo was laid in the middle of the field - roughly from one 42-yard line to the other - with "Walton" written in one end zone and "Raiders" in the other.

Not to be outdone by the scoreboard, the new artificial field was also a welcome change. Between football and a slew of spring sports, the grass field would quickly show its wear and tear by the end of the school year.

"This field probably hasn't been used for P.E. class in four to five years because we can't stretch it out in football season or even spring season," Hidalgo said. "It actually gets more wear and tear during the spring."
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Jarrett S
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August 13, 2010
GatorBoy, I think you missed the point along with all the others against the turf fields on the grounds that 50 people get to use the field. First of all there are lot more than 50 people on varsity and JV football, boys and girls soccer, and lacross (just boys or boys and girls?). Second, the point was that now the fields can be used for PE where as before it was too much on the grass with 5-7 periods of PE and sports after school. The artificial turf can stand the high use, plus you dont have to spend $1000/month watering the fields.
Walt Ray
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August 09, 2010
Kyle left, Kyle right....snore. Talk about lazy coaching. We have a new field, a new score board so let's get a new OC!
ron -lassiter fan
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August 08, 2010
Now if they can get a new and updated offense to go with there new scoreboard.
Pope Man
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August 04, 2010
Too funny - flattering that Walton would set the pic with a 23-6 scoring lead over Lassiter - must be a fantasy scoreboard!
Cobb Watcher
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August 04, 2010
Wow have things changed! Walton now wants to be like Lassiter. They even posted a score that has Walton beating Lassiter. Too bad that Lassiter has beat them two straight years and their video board is smaller. Hopefully Walton can beat Wheeler this year.
GATORBOY62
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August 04, 2010
for the past five years, the football team does not allow PE classes to use the field? so 40-50 students benefit from the field at the expense of 2500 other kids. Good job walton! buttheads
West Cobb Resident
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August 04, 2010
The scoreboard was paid for by funds raised by their booster club, not SPLOST money. Do your research before giving us knee-jerk reactions.
N. THOMPSON
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August 04, 2010
NO MONEY FOR TEACHERS BUT $145,000.00 FOR A SCOREBOARD? I WANT MY TAX DOLLARS BACK!
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