You don't need a JumboTRON to know which way the wind blows

March 12, 1992|By Mark Hyman

Sony JumboTRON, the sophisticated scoreboard television at the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards, sustained minor damage yesterday when a wind gust swept a plywood sheet into the screen.

The accident damaged several louvers in the lower right section of the screen. Repairs will be completed before Opening Day, April 6, said Bob Wyatt, project director for Barton Malow Co., the ballpark construction managers.

The flying plywood had been on top of the scoreboard where workmen had placed it to protect electrical components as they welded into place an advertisement for The Baltimore Sun, Wyatt said.

"It was blowing like hell up there. [The plywood] sailed down and just hit the front of the JumboTRON," he said.

Wyatt estimated the cost of repairing the TV screen at several thousand dollars, which he said was fully insured. He added that the TV screen might be tested for the first time as early as next week.

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