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Texas High School Unveils $60M Stadium Complete With High-Def Video Screen
Published August 31, 2012
BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST: In San Antonio, Lorne Chan noted Eagle Stadium has “a 38-foot wide video screen for the folks in the nosebleeds,” and has “prompted plenty of debate over the excess of high school football.” Meanwhile, Carthage High School in East Texas is “unveiling the largest Jumbotron at a high school stadium Friday -- a 26-foot high and 44-foot wide video screen that would make Jerry Jones proud” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/30). The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Ana Campoy notes Carthage's $750,000 screen includes “instant replay, animated graphics to fire up the fans and individual stat cards for the teenage players, complete with pictures.” Illinois-based Nevco, the company that installed the screen, insists that it is "the nation's largest" for a high school. Carthage Independent School District Superintendent Glenn Hambrick said that the screen is “a luxury, but one that the natural-gas-rich area can afford.” He said that the scoreboard will “help raise money for the district through advertisements that can now be displayed with animation and in full color” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/31).