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Reliant Stadium Could Get Enhancements Aimed At Improving Super Bowl Bid

Texans Owner Robert McNair said that the team and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are “working with Harris County on improvements at Reliant Stadium, including a new digital scoreboard,” according to John McClain of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. McNair said, “The county’s obligated to keep the stadium in first-class shape.” The new scoreboard, which would “offer higher-definition images, will cost anywhere from $10 million to $30 million and could be part of improvements at Reliant Stadium that enhance Houston’s chances of landing Super Bowl LI.” McNair introduced NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the Greater Houston Partnership luncheon yesterday and presented to him “a Texans jersey with No. 51 -- symbolic of Houston’s attempt to get a third Super Bowl.” SMG-Reliant Park GM Mark Miller “explained what has to happen for Reliant Stadium to get a new digital scoreboard in time for the 2013 season.” Miller said, “It would be physically possible to be in by next season, but it would be an issue of whether the funding would work out. Right now, we’re working with the Texans, the rodeo and the county to see what we can do to get a new scoreboard.” He added, “We’ve got a number of issues with it, but the one (scoreboard) we have now is an older format that really causes problems with the resolution” (CHRON.com, 10/23).
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