Virginia Tech Scoreboard Designs Surface

by JustinC on February 17, 2013 · 23 comments

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Big props for VTScoop.com, where I believe these pictures originated before being spread to all corners of the interwebs. The above design is an architectural rendering of what Virginia Tech’s new scoreboard will look like inside Lane Stadium. My first impression: I like!

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Obviously, I didn’t think the Hokies should go overboard with an enormous screen since technology changes every year. Plus, this board will come free of charge for the university thanks to a deal with IMG College. The radio sports coverage company will foot the $7 million dollar bill for this scoreboard by selling advertising space. So, if you get to the games early, get used to seeing a lot more commercials prior to kickoff and during in-game commercial breaks.

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That said, the board will be a nice upgrade and will add some much needed entertainment value to the ever-rising ticket costs. The screen will be 103-feet wide and will be full 1080p of high definition beauty.

Also in the upgrade, Cassell Coliseum will receive a new video board and sound system. That is certainly much needed almost more so than the upgrade inside Lane Stadium.

The one downside to this upgrade, at least for some, is that it tells us that no seating expansion for Lane Stadium is coming within the next 10 years.  Obviously, the Hokies would not invest in this upgrade if they're going to tear out the north end-zone any time soon.  Of course, with attendance dropping all across the country, expanding a stadium is a tough sell these days.  Until the economy recovers, Lane will like stay at 66,233.

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Miles February 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm

When will this new video board be installed ?

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JustinC February 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Sounds like it will only take a few weeks to install so I’m guessing it will be in place by this fall.

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Chris February 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Do you know what they are doing with the old one? Would be pretty cool to make an interstate sign using the back of the board.

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JustinC February 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

That’s actually a pretty cool idea. But, I have no idea what they’re plans are with the old one.

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Brian February 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Excellent!

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JustinC February 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

For reference, the back of the scoreboard will still say “The Home of the Hokies”

I posted the 3rd picture of the back of the scoreboard over on our message board.

http://virginiatechfan.proboards.com/thread/351/scoreboard

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Karen February 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I don’t like the new scoreboard. Too much black. Va Tech colors are maroon and orange. Not black.

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JustinC February 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Well that’s a little misleading. You won’t notice the black trim once the ads are placed on the board. Plus, the black on the sides is the speakers. Not much you can do there.

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Michael February 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

The new scoreboard will be nice, but are they doing anything to improve the stadium’s lackluster sound system? Anytime I’ve ever been to a home game, you can barely understand/hear what either the referee or PA announcer is saying or there’s a lot of feedback (especially from the referee’s microphone), and sometimes the referee’s mic doesn’t work at all. You would think that a university such as VT that has one of the best engineering schools in the world would have a stellar sound system for their football stadium. Having just the one set of speakers in the north end zone doesn’t make sense either — they should also have at least another set of speakers in the south end zone too if not on all 4 sides of the stadium. Am I the only one that’s ever noticed this???

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JustinC February 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

A new sound system is part of the upgrade for both Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum.

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Michael February 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

That’s really good news! Based on what I read in that manifesto, it appears that the new sound system will provide “surround” sound — in other words, there will be speakers in multiple locations throughout Lane Stadium, so no matter where you’re sitting you should be able to hear anything that’s broadcasted over the system. Am I right?

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JustinC February 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

That is correct. The sound system that’s going inside Lane Stadium is pretty much the NFL standard used at places like FedEx Field, etc. So, for those in the South Endzone I’m sure it will be a relief. Same goes for those who sit all the way down near the tunnel on the west side.

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Michael February 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

It’s about freakin’ time!!!! :) I’ve been going to games at Lane since 1981 when one of my older brothers was a student and even though I was a kid at the time, I remember how horrible the sound was then. When I eventually attended VT (95-98), it wasn’t any better.

Are there going to be any other noticeable additions/changes/upgrades to Lane that will be in place before the upcoming season besides the new scoreboard and sound system?

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JustinC February 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Not that I know of. I still think they need to upgrade to LED TVs in the press box but that’s not something that affects the majority of VT fans.

The scoreboard was the big thing this year.

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Mark February 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Hey Justin, What do you think the chances are that Brendan Motley moves to Safety? Do you think he could compete there? I hear he was a beast on D in High School. With the Cole announcement do you think this becomes a real possibility? Any idea what his height/weight are these days?

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JustinC February 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I think there’s a good chance that could happen. His size would certainly fit the FS position in our defensive scheme. But, it comes down to how he does as a QB this spring and how some of our other DBs develop. Right now, it’s too early to say if and when he’ll make the switch.

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JustinC February 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Here’s the 191-page manifesto if anybody wants to scroll through it. It includes a few more graphic renderings and some detailed information on the board. But for those wondering when it will be completed, the due date is August 1st, 2013. So, it will be up and running for the start of this season.

http://www.purch.vt.edu/html.docs/bid_administration/upload/0026770_03012013.pdf

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Tyler February 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

How wide is VT’s current scoreboard?? Is the new one going to be bigger??

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JustinC February 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

I really don’t know the dimension of VT’s current screen size but the new one is going to be 103 feet. I would estimate VT’s current screen size at maybe 35 feet wide? If anybody knows the answer to that please chime in here. But yes, it is going to be substantially bigger.

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ben February 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

is there any word on how the early enrollee freshman doing so far? Also how nice would it be to have Kendall on campus this spring with the Exum injury?

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JustinC February 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

I typed up this little report a week or so ago over on the message board.

http://virginiatechfan.proboards.com/thread/345/2013-early-enrollees

There’s only so much you can say since they’ve been in the program not even a month now. But, the group is a good looking group with some potential. Once these guys get out on the field this spring we’ll find out a little bit more about them.

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LJ February 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Marshawn Williams de-committ is puzzling.

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JustinC February 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I wouldn’t worry too much about it. He was really close with Coach Newsome so when he left, you had to wonder if he would open it back up. Right now, he is still committed to us but may take a couple visits.

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