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Facelift for Veterans Field

By Staff | Aug 13, 2017

Blue Earth youth baseball talent poses for photos at Veterans Field. Front row left to right: Lane Kruse, Taylor Davids, McKenna Benck. Back row left to right: Brent Legred, Karson Legred, Hunter Bleess, Jack Kruse, Jack Bell, Joe Bell, Joe Melsha.

The old scoreboard in right center field at Veterans Field in Blue Earth was in desperate need of an upgrade. Finding replacement parts for the 198 incandescent lightbulb structure became a very tedious task.

Blue Earth Area Youth Baseball Association (BEAYBA) president Brent Legred decided to step into action for the home team.

After searching for financial support from various local businesses in January and February of 2017, it took Legred and the BEAYBA only about a month to secure enough sponsors which helped set the wheels in motion for a new scoreboard.

One of the businesses that stepped up to the plate was Avangrid Renewables. Based out of Alpha, Minnesota, Avangrid Renewables provides renewable energy for customers all across North America.

Formerly known as Iberdrola Renewables, the energy leader donated a sum of $3,000 to put towards the construction of the new scoreboard. Legred couldn’t be happier with the brand new LED scoreboard erected in left center field.

“A nice park and a nice ballfield is a great reflection on the community and the pride that it takes in itself as well as its young people that enjoy the game,” Legred said. “Especially with a baseball field that all kids who participate have the opportunity to be involved in.

“We as a youth baseball association have a great deal of respect and admiration for the local community businesses that can see that vision for our youth,” Legred continued.

After funding was collected for the project, South Dakota based Daktronics was used to put the scoreboard together. This happens to be the same company that manufactured the scoreboard currently in use at U.S. Bank Stadium. Legred mentioned the actual construction of the board took about a week to finish.

Joe Melsha, the regional director of commercial operations at Avangrid Renewables, was on hand at Veterans Field to present the BEAYBA with the donation on Friday, Aug 4.

Melsha and his group are responsible for roughly 15 sites in a four-state region that donate funds to community based projects. Having been involved with youth baseball himself, Melsha felt the need to be a part of this worthwhile venture.

“The word got out that we do community sponsorships in the area. I called around to some of my plant managers to see if anybody had any funds left. We are definitely glad we could help,” Melsha said.

The large check was signed by Howard Coon, an Avangrid employee within the financing and treasurer department. Based out of Portland, Maine, Coon controls funding for Avangrid’s community sponsorships.

Never resting on their laurels, the BEAYBA is already looking ahead to other revitalization projects. Legred says a grandstand bleacher project is in the works and will be completed after the baseball season wraps up. The new bleacher seats will offer more comfort to fans and will also be elevated, providing a bird’s eye view of the field. Additional restroom facilities will also be added in the near future.