ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Opening Day is always an exciting moment for fans of America's pastime.
This year for the Round Rock Express, it's even more exciting due to several new improvements at the park.
The biggest improvement is a brand new jumbotron. It's huge, it's crisp, and it's a welcome addition to the Dell Diamond. The new video board is in left center field. It's 36 feet high by 55 feet wide.
Complementing the new jumbotron are two ribbon displays on the outfield wall - 6 feet high by 99 feet long.
"This is probably the most intense upgrade of an existing stadium that I've ever been involved with, and it's really something we should feel very fortunate about. And again, it's about the fans, and it's about their enjoyment and the feeling that they have when they come to the Dell Diamond. That's the primary reason we're here," said Derrick Grubbs, vice president for promotions and in-park entertainment for the Round Rock Express.
Grubbs says the new video boards bring the Dell Diamond into the 21st century.
"We want people to think, when they think of the Round Rock Express, everyone in professional baseball knows we do it the right way," he said.
The stands are also getting an upgrade. They now have new premium seating in some spots, along with wait service.
"Fans are first here. That's the number one thing for us. We always want to deliver the surprising experience out at the ballpark," said George King, Round Rock Express executive vice president and general manager.
And there are plenty of other attractions at the Dell Diamond:
- The swimming pool and hot tub
- A basketball court
- A 26-foot simulated rock wall
And the Dell Diamond is actually "home-grown." Eighty percent of materials used for construction are from suppliers within Texas. The limestone exterior is from Jarrell and Cedar Park, the bermuda grass is grown in Poteet and the infield dirt is an Austin product.
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