Mariners' Spring Training home gets new video board, sound system & kid's play area
The Seattle Mariners Spring Training ballpark, the Peoria Sports Complex, is getting a new HD video scoreboard, an upgraded audio system and a kid's play area. All are expected to be ready for the start of the Mariners Cactus League action on February 25 vs. the San Diego Padres (12:10 p.m. PST).
The improvements are the latest in a series of upgrades the City of Peoria, AZ, has made to the ballpark and team training facilities for the Mariners and Padres over the last few years.
Largest Spring Training Video Display
At 2,100 square feet, the new video board in left field will be the largest in a Major League Baseball Spring Training facility, Cactus or Grapefruit League. It replaces the scoreboard that was installed when the Peoria Sports Complex first opened in 1994.
The video board will measure 35-feet high by 61-feet wide and will feature a 13HD LED pixel layout that will provide optimal viewing on sunny days and crisp imagery from any angle in the ballpark. The screen can be broken into multiple zones and programmed with a combination of stats, graphics, and other images. It is the first time 13HD LED technology will be used in a Spring Training facility.
Sound System Upgrade
The accompanying audio system upgrade, which also replaces the ballpark's original sound system, will provide fans in all locations with full-range sound reproduction for both public address announcements and the in-game entertainment program.
A new kids play area has been created behind the grandstands along the third base line. Called Peoria Cove, it features the Ballyard, a grass playfield with 30-foot base paths, backstop and foul poles. Next to it is the Shipyard, a nautical-themed play area with a ship's hull that's been converted into a playground with a climbing structure and splash pool with eight water nozzles.
Between the Ballyard and Shipyard is a new Kids Café concession stand with menu items just for kids, as well as a selection for adults. Next to the concession stand is a covered area with water misters and fans to keep guests cool while they enjoy their meal.
About Peoria Sports Complex
The Peoria Sports Complex has been the Spring Training home of the Mariners and Padres since 1994. When it opened, it was the first Spring Training facility shared by two teams, something that is now common practice. Earlier renovations included upgrades to the training facilities used by the Mariners and Padres year-round for baseball development, as well as improvements to seating and fan amenities inside the ballpark.