Fresno State has reached agreement to replace the scoreboard at the north end of Bulldog Stadium with a state-of-the-art high definition video board, the latest improvement in a drive under Athletic Director Jim Bartko to upgrade the school’s athletic facilities.
The board, which will be in place for the start of the 2015 season, will be more than twice the size of the existing scoreboard at 24 feet high and 66 feet wide, and will be accompanied by a 104-foot ribbon board.
The cost of the project is $892,000 and will be paid for by Learfield Sports, which oversees marketing and multimedia rights for Fresno State among close to 100 college athletic departments and conferences.
“I’ve only been to one game so far, but the scoreboards are old and our partners at Learfield stepped up to help us and put a new one in,” Bartko said. “That’ll be installed and ready for the first game, so that’s an added improvement for our fans, our players and will enhance the home-game experience.”
The existing scoreboard, installed in 2006, is flanked on the right and left by two smaller screens. But the HD video board will be able to show at full screen or in any portion live action and replays, highlights, score updates and real-time statistics along with university, team and sponsor content.
“It’s really cool how there’s no end to the creativity what we can do with it,” said Paul Ladwig, senior associate athletic director/external relations.
The board will be installed by ANC Sports Enterprises, which has video and scoreboards at a number of professional and college venues, including Beaver Stadium at Penn State, Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State and Neyland Stadium at Tennessee.
“It’s all the glitz and glamour a little bit, but it’s also functional,” Bartko said. “(The existing scoreboard) is old and it’s not the clearest. This will be much bigger and we’ll wait and see how it looks and feels, but it will be an added improvement that our fans will see right away.
“It’s something that the stadium needs and, nowadays, you have to have something. The fans come and will get something different from replays to scoreboards to highlights to updates. It will be a nice amenity.”
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