Enormous Scoreboard Offers Fans An Improved Experience
If you want to watch Buckeye football in high definition this fall, it doesn’t mean you have to sell your tickets. Stretching 124 feet wide and standing 42 feet tall, Ohio Stadium’s monstrous new scoreboard offers fans a whole new experience in the Horseshoe.
The HD Panasonic jumbotron hovers over the south end zone, replacing the 30 x 90 feet scoreboard that has been in use for the past 11 seasons. The televisions at concession stands have also been replaced with HD monitors and a new sound system was installed, with 25 speakers flanking each side of the new scoreboard.
In total, the renovations come with a price tag of more than $7 million. Don Patko, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities, said that the improvements were necessary and well worth the cost.
“It was time for the video board to be replaced,” said Patko. “The useful life for a scoreboard is 12 to 15 years, and the last one was 12 years old.”
Prior to installing the new system, the athletic department researched similar projects at other stadiums such as Green Bay’s Lambo Field. Pako said that by researching other projects, and understanding the shortcomings of the old scoreboard, they were able to put together the best possible game day experience with the new system.
“Everybody that has an HDTV at home knows that it provides better clarity,” said Patko. “The new board also allows you to have better viewing angles. The entire industry is moving toward HD, and we feel that we have one of the best systems out there.”
Newly enrolled OSU freshman had an early glimpse at the stadiums improvements Monday during convocation, as they walked through Ohio Stadium and saw themselves on the big screen.
“It was my first time in the stadium, so I didn’t even know it was new,” said Michael Gross, a first-year in exploration. “But it was something you noticed the moment you walked into the stadium, just the size of it was really impressive.”
Benjamin Sokobin, a first-year in business, didn’t even have to enter the stadium to notice the scoreboard.
“It was one of the first things my family noticed when I moved in,” said Sokbin, who lives in Lincoln tower. “Ohio Stadium is known as one of the best venues in college football, and I think it’s great that they are making it even better.”