Visitors to Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium this fall will have an entirely different experience, thanks to the installation of a new video scoreboard and display. 

Visitors to Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium this fall will have an entirely different experience, thanks to the installation of a new video scoreboard and display.

Pittsburg State University announced the signing of a contract with Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., for the production of the video display board.

The video display, which will be almost 40 feet tall and nearly 70 feet wide and will include a new sound system, will be on the south end of the stadium.

According to Daktronics, the PSU video board will be the largest at any NCAA D-II stadium in the U.S. The total cost of the project is about $1.7 million. The purchase of the new board was made possible by a number of private donors.

“There has been talk of replacing the old scoreboard for many years,” said Kendall Gammon, a major gifts officer in the PSU Office of University Development.

“Because the new video display will be such a tremendous addition to the stadium and all the people who use the stadium, there were a number of donors who were eager to step forward and make this project a reality.”

The current scoreboard was installed in 1988 and uses incandescent bulbs to display the score and clock. In contrast, the new display will rely on LEDs (light emitting diodes). The new technology makes it possible to display color animation, vivid graphics and both live and pre-recorded video.

A complete integrated sound system is also included in the package. The system speakers will be housed in a cabinet above the video display. While the capabilities of the new video board are an obvious boon for the football program, the new board is expected to have a much broader impact.

Carnie Smith Stadium is used for a number of athletic and student events throughout the year, and video board may be used for many of those. The PSU Student Activities Office is already giving thought to hosting outdoor movies in the stadium. The new board will also be an asset as the university and the community vie for the opportunity to host events such as the Shrine Bowl. There may even be opportunities to integrate the video display into the university’s emergency notification system.

The university’s award-winning television broadcasting programs will also benefit from the installation of the new video display. Students already tape PSU football games for rebroadcast on the university’s public access station and they are expected to play an important role in the use of instant replay on the new video board.

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