§ 153.21  SCOREBOARDS.
   (A)   Scoreboards not exceeding 16 feet in height or 200 square feet in surface area are allowed for any playing field. These scoreboards shall be allowed as long as the scoreboard does not contain a video display or illuminated signs beyond the general function of the scoreboard (timekeeping, score, statistics and the like). Commercial speech shall be limited to 30% of the total scoreboard area.
   (B)   One scoreboard not exceeding 32 feet in height or 500 square feet in area is allowed per athletic field, provided that the information on the scoreboard does not create a traffic hazard for drivers on adjacent public right-of-ways and provided that the scoreboard does not contain a video display or illuminated signs beyond the general function of the scoreboard (timekeeping, score, statistics and the like). Commercial speech shall be limited to 30% of the total scoreboard area.
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   (C)   A scoreboard that exceeds 32 feet in height or 500 square feet or contains a video display or illuminated signs beyond the general function of a scoreboard (timekeeping, score, statistics and the like) shall be allowed through the issuance of a conditional use permit in accordance with § 155.186 provided that all the following restrictions are met:
      (1)   Any such scoreboard must be at least 50 feet away from adjacent property lines.
      (2)   Any such scoreboard shall not exceed 45 feet in height or 1,000 square feet in surface area.
      (3)   No other scoreboard at the park or school shall exceed 250 square feet.
      (4)   No commercial speech shall be permitted on the video display or illuminated signs except that commercial messages may be displayed during events on the athletic field served by the scoreboard.
      (5)   The information and commercial speech on the scoreboard shall not create a traffic hazard or easily be seen for drivers on adjacent public right-of-ways.
      (6)   Any video display must comply with the following:
         (a)   The video display can only be operated during games or events at the field.
         (b)   The brightness of the video display shall not exceed 6,000 nits after sunrise and before sunset or 600 nits after sunset and before sunrise each day.
         (c)   The sign shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer control or other mechanism to comply with condition (6)(b).
         (d)   The display must be designed and equipped to freeze the device in one position if a malfunction of the video display occurs.
         (e)   The display must also be equipped with a means to immediately discontinue the display if it malfunctions, and the sign owner must immediately stop and turn off the video display when notified by the city that it is not complying with the stipulations of this section.
      (7)   Commercial speech shall be limited to 30% of the total scoreboard area except for advertisements during games or events on the video display.
      (8)   Worthington City Council may place additional restrictions to assure the integrity of a residential neighborhood is protected or to make sure such scoreboards do not interfere with the health, safety and general welfare of the public.
   (D)   All scoreboards must comply with the following standards:
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      (1)   A scoreboard must only face the field of play.
      (2)   The sound speakers of a scoreboard must only face the field of play.
      (3)   The audio and video components of a scoreboard shall not be operated except during the following:
         (a)   Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
         (b)   Weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
         (c)   The foregoing ending times shall not apply to minor extensions due to weather delay or overtime, but in no event shall a scoreboard or any audio be operated beyond 11:00 p.m.
      (4)   No scoreboard shall be operated before 8:00 a.m. or past 11:00 p.m. on any day.
      (5)   No signage shall be affixed to the back of the scoreboard.
      (6)   Any replacement of a static commercial sign or expansion of a scoreboard shall require a new sign permit.
      (7)   Scoreboards must comply with § 155.044 Performance Standards.
   (E)   The maximum square footage allowed for scoreboards in any district shall be 2,000 square feet.
   (F)   All other signs for parks, fields and athletic venues must comply with the applicable provisions in Chapter 153.
(Ord. 1160, passed 4-14-20)