Round Rock plans to spend millions on Dell Diamond upgrades

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — You may recognize the movie quotes blaring over the speakers at the Dell Diamond, but if you’ve ever been to a Round Rock Express game or even a concert there, the noise may not sound as clear to you, and no, you’re not losing your hearing.

Part of the problem is that you don’t get the same sound quality across the park.

“It’s loud in one area and you can’t hear in the other area,” says Chris Almendarez, president of the Round Rock Express.

On Thursday the Mayor in Round rock could authorize an agreement with Gilman Sound LLC for a new sound system for the Dell Diamond Ballpark.

Previously, Gilman Sound LLC has installed sound systems at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and for the Houston Astros as well. If everything goes according to plan, Dell Diamond could be added to that list.

The sound system is 16 years old. The city of Round Rock wants to use $350,000 from the hotel occupancy tax to pay for a new sound system, including speakers and a new control room.

Mary Lisa Goetschel says she enjoys Express games, just like she does her walks at Old Settlers Park, a place she thinks the city ought to invest in as well.

The city is using revenue from the hotel tax to upgrade the park with soccer fields, but it can only use the money for projects that will boost tourism. The city says concerts, soccer and baseball are some of the things that bring people to Round Rock.

City council is expected to vote on a contract for the new sound system at its Thursday meeting.

In addition to the sound system, the city could vote to spend an extra $500,000 to re-pave the stadium parking lot and install LED lights in the parking lot. Over the next two years, Round Rock may also fix the fire sprinkler system and replace field lights with LED lights.

In 2018, Round Rock could vote to spend another $1 million to replace and add seating in the stadium.

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