COOS BAY — Marshfield’s football field won’t just be getting a new name Friday night when it is renamed in honor of former coach Kent Wigle. It has a new scoreboard, too.
The bigger scoreboard was installed this week, just in time for the last home game of the regular season, though the Pirates are hoping to host a couple of postseason games, too.
The project was made possible by generous donations from six local businesses and the Marshfield Booster Club, athletic director Greg Mulkey said.
Les Schwab, Farr’s, Johnson Rock Products, Pacific Properties, Tower Ford and Y Marina, as well as the booster club, gave $10,000 each for the new scoreboard, Mulkey said.
“It solidified what I think about the community,” he said. “I went to seven businesses. Six said yes.”
Mulkey said the seventh business wanted to help, but financially couldn’t make it work.
“It shows what kind of support we get,” he said.
Five of the six that did donate are owned by Marshfield graduates and the sixth, Les Schwab, employs a number of Marshfield graduates, Mulkey said.
Another local business, Knife River, donated all the concrete for the base of the scoreboard.
The new scoreboard is 10 feet taller than the one it replaced, in part because of an arch over the top with the words Marshfield Pirates.
The biggest difference, though, is it includes an LED readerboard for messages.
“What sold me on it is what it can do for track,” Mulkey said, adding that Marshfield will be able to post results of races soon after they finish during meets.
It’s arrival coincides with a long-anticipated celebration of Wigle, who coached the Pirates for 20 years, including numerous Midwestern League titles and the 1992 state championship.
“It’s coming up during the Wigle celebration,” Mulkey said. “It’s a nice time to have a new one.”
The field will be named for Wigle during a halftime celebration when he will be recognized with a number of his former players and assistant coaches.
A social time will be held for those people prior to Friday’s game in Heritage Hall on the Marshfield Campus, starting at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Wigle also will be honored with his former players and coaches at another event Saturday at The Mill Casino-Hotel.
That event also will include an auction to generate funds for the Raise the Roof project to finish the south grandstand at Pete Susick Stadium.
Wigle’s teams will be recognized in five-year increments Saturday.
The fee for that event, which will include hors d’oeuvres, is $40, with a social time and silent auction starting at 5 p.m. and the program starting at 6:30.
Tickets can be picked up in the Marshfield athletic office.