Cedar Lane Regional Park, a popular venue for soccer and lacrosse tournaments in Bel Air, plans to unveil a new, state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard on Saturday.
The 20-foot-tall scoreboard, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, has a 9-by-17 video display area along with two 3-by-8 speakers.
The scoreboard is located at Cedar Lane's only turf field, but has the capability to display scores from each of the 13 fields. It can also reflect activities from any other field in the complex.
"It's been in the process for a couple of years," said John McHugh, the executive director of the Cedar Lane Sports Foundation. "We've been talking to them as we've grown, and we nailed down what they could do that would make the most impact in the community. It's a smaller version of the Loyola [University] scoreboard, if you've ever seen that one."
Cedar Lane Regional Park first opened in 2008, and has grown into a leading venue for soccer and lacrosse tournaments. The facility also hosts field football, rugby and field hockey games.
This weekend's Inception Lacrosse Tournament is in its third year. The tournament originated at Cedar Lane in 2011, and has grown each year.
McHugh estimates more than 200 teams will attend this year's tournament.
"This is a big tournament. Teams from all over the country come to watch, coaches from all over the country come, too," McHugh said. "It started smaller, it's grown and it's really showed the growth of our venue and the event all at the same time. It's all very awesome."
To celebrate the new scoreboard, Cedar Lane plans to make a contribution to the Cancer LifeNet support services at the Kaufman Cancer Center, the newest building on the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's campus in Bel Air.
For each goal scored on the turf field during this weekend's lacrosse tournament, money will be raised for the free support and navigation services for cancer patients living in Harford and Cecil County.
"We're all about our surrounding community, and part of this is about giving back," McHugh said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun