"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
I know the guy that owns the crane company installing the new HD boards. He is out at the stadium now putting up some steel. We thought the actual boards maybe going up but that is not the case yet. I was going to go for ride in the crane when the boards go up. He is indicating that the new boards are 60H x 120W. Probably old news on this blog. How much larger is this than the old scoreboard?
As I mentioned in the previous thread on this, each of the four main boards are 13 feet by 16.8 feet, which if I calculated correctly is equivalent to a 250-inch screen.
UPDATE: Mgoblue.com has a video up showing the scoreboard being raised. It looks perfectly straight in the video, so the crookiness in the picture noted in the comments is probably from the angle from which the picture was taken. The video features an interview with Craig Wotta, the manager of Yost. He says some lights and banners are being moved to fit around the new scoreboard.
UPDATE #2: The mgoblue.com video has been posted on youtube. I can't get it to embed here but have placed it in a comment below.
Looks like the new Yost scoreboard is nearly ready to be hung. Latest photo posted by umichhockey shows that the bottom band (aka "place your ad here"—see original rendition below) has now been attached, and the board is hanging just above the surface.
Annarbor.com reports that a $14 million renovation of Yost Ice Arena will be going before the regents on Thursday for approval:
Improved concourses, new seating and new loge boxes for fans at Yost Ice Arena are among the improvements in a $14 million plan the University of Michigan Board of Regents will consider for approval when it meets Thursday.
The schedule for the construction has not yet been set. Some additional details from the university action request:
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proposing a project which will replace the spectator seating on the east, south and west sides of the rink, improving accessibility as well as emergency egress. The project also includes improvements to the east and west concourses, conversion of the level four west side media balcony into a series of loge boxes, a new level five on the west side for media, as well as new comer and stair platforms for additional seating. Infrastructure improvements will be made, including upgrading the existing fire alarm system, extending the existing fire suppression system to areas which are not currently protected, and replacing the exterior windows.
The annarbor.com article also had a link to a photo (below) showing the new Yost scoreboard, which is being installed this week.
Would a giant HD "Godzillatron" sized scoreboard fit with the aesthetics of Michigan Stadium? It would be cool to have the largest stadium with the largest scoreboard. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_scoreboards_in_NCAA_college...) Have you seen other scoreboards at other venues that would fit the Michigan Stadium look?
Hopefully we NEVER have advertising in the stadium, but what the hell else would they put on a giant screen? Retired numbers? National/Big Ten Championships? Wolverine statue on top? I'd imagine they'd keep the classic MICHIGAN STADIUM lettering on the top.
Also, what happens to the old scoreboards? They are old but they have a certain mystique to them. Maybe just leave them (fully operating) outside the stadium surrounding area?
Just something to speculate about..