12/18/09 4:23 PM EST
Big A is now letter perfect
Modernized message board part of ASG renovation
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The iconic message board, which has been synonymous with the stadium ever since it opened in 1966, was renovated and now features full color displays, enhanced effects and a brilliant red color scheme.
"We are so excited about the restoration of the Big A," said Angels chairman Dennis Kuhl in a statement released by the team. "Together with Panasonic, our partner on this revival, we were able to retain the Big A's nostalgic feel while moving its capabilities into the 21st century."
The Big A has been a longtime fixture at the ballpark and is visible to drivers on the 57 Freeway. It was moved to its current location in 1980 after originally being located behind left field, where it served as the ballpark's initial scoreboard.
Its location allows the club to promote the team by delivering updates on Angels baseball and the club's community outreach programs while also providing the Angels sponsorship opportunities.
The Angels also will continue their longstanding tradition of "lighting up the Halo" atop the Big A after home wins.
"The newly renovated Big A will enable us to celebrate Angel victories with a bright and shiny new halo that will light up the night brighter than ever before," Kuhl said.
The project was spearheaded by Kuhl, as the team is making renovations in preparation for hosting the 2010 All-Star Game. The Angels already installed new flat-screen televisions around the stadium and in the press box.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.