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Arkansas, South Carolina Upgrade Stadiums With New Video Boards

The Univ. of Arkansas has partnered with LSI Industries to provide a new video display to the north end zone inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Smartvision LED video display will measure 38 feet by 167 feet and cost $4.6M. Included as part of the deal are LED stadium identification signs as well as new game clocks and play clocks on the north and south ends of the stadium (Univ. of Arkansas). Meanwhile, in Columbia, Ron Morris noted the “massive new video board that now hovers over most of the north end zone of Williams-Brice Stadium" has much to do with the Univ of South Carolina's need for "keeping up with the Joneses of the SEC.” Of “equal importance” to South Carolina when its $6.5M video board “operates for the first time during the Gamecocks’ Sept. 8 home-opener against East Carolina is creating a better game-day experience for fans.” South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier said of the new video board, “It will add a bit. As we all know, in college sports, we’re all on TV almost every game. So we’re trying to enhance the game for the fans who come to the ballpark.” The board is 36-feet high and 124-feet wide. The $6.5M price tag “includes the steel structure, the board, the control room and equipment to run the board, and the metal panels that make it look attractive” (Columbia STATE, 8/21).

LARGEST VIDEO BOARDS IN COLLEGE SPORTS
SCHOOL STADIUM
DIMENSIONS (FEET)
ADDED
Texas Darrell K. Royal Stadium
134 x 55.5
2006
Miami Sun Life Stadium
138.5 x 48.5
2006
Arkansas Reynolds Razorback Stadium
167 x 38
2012
USC L.A. Coliseum
150 x 40
2011
Michigan State Spartan Stadium
114.8 x 47.2
2012
Arizona Arizona Stadium
113.4 x 47.2
2011
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium
111 x 47
2008
Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium
108 x 48
2009
Oklahoma Gaylord Family Stadium
166 x 31
2008
Tennessee Neyland Stadium
124 x 37
2008
South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium
124 x 36
2012
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
136 x 29.5
2009
       

AN ADDED GEM: In Tampa, Alexis Muellner notes by Labor Day, the “puzzle pieces that make up the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new 34-ton high-definition scoreboard" at Tampa Bay Times Forum will start arriving. Lightning COO Steve Griggs said, “It is the chandelier of the building.” When installed, the $5M scoreboard “will cap $42 million of investment” in the arena by Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, and “will be the largest center-hung scoreboard of its kind in North America.” The scoreboard “won’t get the venue more events,” but the team will “now have a huge new digital canvas for video, animation, graphics, scores and stats.” It also "brings big value to sponsors for the ways their messages can be crafted.” Griggs said that price increases “are possible but won’t happen without a lot of thought and assuredness that the Lightning is bringing commensurate value to partners.” Griggs: “We’re cognizant at [the] end of the day about how the economy is, and that we need to activate these brands, not gouge people” (TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/17 issue).
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