By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
Year one of the Will Wade era will be broadcast in HD – at least for those in attendance.
LSU announced Thursday the installation of the largest center hung video board in college basketball, the first in what should be a number of renovations the Pete Maravich Assembly Center undergoes in the coming months and years.
The $3 million video board was fully funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation, athletics director Joe Alleva said in a university release. It measures 42 feet by 21 feet for a total of 882 square feet of video space per board on the sideline-facing boards, and 24 feet by 20.5 feet for 984 square feet of video space on the baseline-facing boards.
That means a total 2,748 square feet of HD video, plus game stats and advertisements.
“This is a huge upgrade to that facility that will have an immediate impact for our fans,” Alleva said in a statement. “It’s a perfect match for the excitement we can expect in that arena with volleyball, women’s basketball, and of course our top-ranked gymnastics program and our men’s basketball team under new head coach Will Wade.”
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“No matter if it was the largest in the country or not, we wanted to create the best possible game-day atmosphere for our fans,” LSU Deputy Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said. “It isn’t just big, it’s the latest in technology and will allow us to feature a brand new suite of services to make the game experience just that much more exciting. This board is a game changer for our student-athletes and our fans.”
Some of the features that fans can expect to enjoy with the videoboard include:
• True 16:9 aspect high-definition video
• Dedicated area for game-in-progress information (score, clock, etc.), individual and team stats
• Dynamic content area that will feature out of town scores, crowd prompts, in-depth player stats and social media content
In addition to the new center hung videoboard, the Maravich Center will be outfitted with four new portal screens, which will replace the scoreboards that used to occupy that space. There will also be a new scorer’s table LED board.
The portal screen boards and scorer’s table will feature game-in-progress information, stats and other dynamic content.
All new boards and screens in the Maravich Center can be tied together to produce content or unique displays during the course of a game or event.
Here’s what members of the LSU coaching staff had to say about the new videoboards in the Maravich Center:
Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux:
“This video board is going to be the largest in NCAA gymnastics. Our fan experience is something we take great pride in, and this is only going to enhance the experience for the 10,000-plus fans that pack the PMAC.”
Women’s Basketball coach Nikki Fargas:
“The installation of the video board at the Maravich Center will allow our fans to connect with our team and the game in so many new ways. We are excited about what this brings to women’s basketball and all the sports that call this building home.”
Volleyball coach Fran Flory:
“We are thrilled to be the first team to compete under the new scoreboard. This is THE best in the country. The opportunities to provide incredible video and statistical enhancements at our events are endless. Fans are going to LOVE what this adds to all of our events.”
Men’s Basketball coach Will Wade:
“I know our fans will be excited about the videoboard being installed in the Maravich Center. It will be an outstanding addition to the fan experience that we will be trying to incorporate into our basketball games to give our team a great home-court advantage.”