Bullard Park will get new scoreboard, security system

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2021 at 8:18 am

ALBION – Bullard Park has long hosted Albion youth football teams, but the park hasn’t had a working scoreboard for years.

That will change next season thanks to a donation from Burger King in Albion. Mark Cammilleri, owner of the local Burger King, agreed to pay for the $4,300 scoreboard which will be installed by volunteers with oversight from the Albion Department of Public Works.

The scoreboard will say Albion Purple Eagles on top and will include space below that with the Burger King logo, and also that the scoreboard was donated by Burger King.

Tim McMurray, one of the leaders of the local youth football program, presented a design of the scoreboard with a digital display to the Village Board on Wednesday.

The scoreboard will be given to the village. McMurray said Albion has been the only team in the league without a scoreboard and the team gets fined by the league about $50 every home game it doesn’t have one.

Not having the scoreboard also is challenging for spectators, players and coaches who often aren’t sure of the score and how much time is left on the clock.

The Village Board on Wednesday also agreed to spend $34,998 for a security system at Bullard Park. Linstar will install the system, which Albion police officers can access from their patrol cars. The board said the system should help reduce vandalism at the park which has been upgraded with a splash pad, amphitheater, new bathrooms, walking trail and new playground equipment.