High School Inks $150K in Sponsorships for Stadium

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 has inked three more sponsorship deals to fund enhancements at Barrington High School's stadium. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria, and Barrington Bank and Trust Co. will pay a combined $150,000 for 10-year sponsorship agreements.

Those three deals approved by the District 220 board last week are on top of $500,000 in sponsorship agreements finalized last month. Through the funding, Barrington Community Stadium will receive a new scoreboard on the south end of the field with a video display three times larger than the current screen.

The 10-year-old stadium also will get an auxiliary board on the north end and two sideline clocks in time for Barrington High's football season. Estimates show the scoreboards and clocks will cost $571,000. With $650,000 from the sponsorships, other stadium upgrades could occur, District 220 board President Brian Battle said.

One possible addition officials have floated is construction of a pavilion where fans could congregate. District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said a new paint job could be among potential stadium improvements that would be discussed by the district's advisory facilities committee.

"We'll take a look at this as a little bit of a refresh," Harris said. For $50,000 apiece, Good Shepherd and Moretti's will have advertising space on the main scoreboard. Barrington Bank and Trust, which is part of Wintrust Financial, will pay $50,000 for space atop the smaller north scoreboard.

Last month, school board members approved a combined $500,000 in sponsorship agreements covering 10 years with Motor Werks Auto Group, Long and Co. Jewelers, Lake-Cook Orthopedics and Wickstrom Auto Group.

The first round of sponsorship deals for Barrington Community Stadium expired after the 2017-18 school year. Daktronics will build a 373-square-foot, high-definition screen for game video and information as part of the new main scoreboard.

Officials said the existing scoreboards no longer have available parts for service because they were built by White Way Sign and Maintenance Co. of Mount Prospect, which went bankrupt in 2014. District 220 secured the stadium sponsors in conjunction with the private, nonprofit Barrington High School Horseshoe Club.

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