“We are extremely grateful to Steve Lewinstein and his family for providing this terrific enhancement to Memorial Field,” says Athletics Director Harry Sheehy. “The video screen will definitely add another level of excitement to our home football games, and I’m sure our fans will especially enjoy seeing replays of key action right after it happens.”
Stephen Lewinstein, part owner of the Boston Celtics and the Italian soccer team AS Roma, said the gift was a logical extension of his family’s love for athletics and Dartmouth. “I’m thrilled that the project is coming to reality,” he says. “I still come to Hanover to watch as many football games as I can. I’m pleased that our family could contribute to Dartmouth in this way, and think it will be a real asset to the football program and the school.”
The new Daktronics scoreboard will be located at the south end of the stadium to avoid direct sunlight and maximize image clarity. Daktronics is recognized as the world’s leading provider of full-color LED video displays.
It is expected to be ready for Dartmouth’s Homecoming football game against Yale on Oct. 12 and possibly for the home opener, a night game against Holy Cross on Sept. 28. The current scoreboard was donated 17 years ago by the Class of 1966, whose generosity will be recognized with a plaque at Memorial Field.
The process for obtaining Hanover approval for the project was unusually complex, as the town’s zoning ordinance did not include any provision for a permanent video display. In town-wide balloting last May, a zoning amendment was passed by 81 percent of the voters, clearing the way for Dartmouth to seek project approval from Hanover’s Zoning and Planning Boards. Both boards granted their approval in July, allowing the college to place the order for the new scoreboard.
The new scoreboard installation is the most recent update to Memorial Field, which in 2011 was fitted with lights for night football games. Originally built in 1893, the stadium underwent significant renovations in 2006, including the east stands, a FieldTurf playing surface, Floren Varsity House and a new outdoor track. Memorial Field can now accommodate 13,000 spectators for athletic events.
About the Lewinstein Family
Stephen Lewinstein graduated from Dartmouth in 1963, received a law degree from Cornell University Law School in 1967 and a master’s degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1970. He is the owner of Stephen R. Lewinstein Associates, a real estate investment and development firm based in Boston, Mass. Stephen serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Celtics and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Board of Incorporators for Bank Newport, and the Board of Governors for Newport Hospital. He is also a member of his Dartmouth College Class Executive Committee.
Diana Lewinstein graduated from Lesley College, received a master’s degree in education from Columbia Teachers College, and a degree in interior design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She presently does interior design consulting for developers and educational institutions.
Marc Lewinstein graduated from Dartmouth in 1998 with a degree in English, and, after working with Berkshire Capital Corporation in financial services mergers and acquisitions, earned a law degree from Cornell Law School in 2006. He practiced law with Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Kirkland and Ellis, where he focused on leveraged finance and restructuring, respectively. He then returned to investment banking at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he focused on the restaurant, retail and gaming industries. Marc is currently an executive with Alex and Ani, a jewelry manufacturer and retailer. At Dartmouth, he was active with the Rugby Football Club, and he continues his involvement with competitive athletics as an Ironman triathlete.