Scoreboards: Large

Submitted by Brian on April 5th, 2011 at 2:47 PM


I'm apparently the last person in the world to get this press release, but someone posted it up so it doesn't matter. Here are the relevant parts:

Michigan Stadium

The demolition and removal of the existing video boards began in March. Over the next several months, TS Sports will install new state-of-the-art LED screens in both end zones of Michigan Stadium, which will be 40 percent larger than the previous system. The new video screens will be 47’ (h) x 85’ (w) and be located in the end zones. The Big House upgrade will be completed in August prior to the 2011 season.

The new video display at the “Big House” features:
· Two (2) Lighthouse Impact 16 video displays measuring over 4000 square feet each (Resolution: 900 x 1632)
· New Custom Scoring System
· New Custom System Enclosure
- Size: 62’ (h) x 108’ (w)

Crisler Arena

The new center-hung at Crisler Arena will consist of 14 LED video displays:
· Four (4) 12’ x 16.8’ Pi10 10mm main displays
· Four (4) 6.28’ x 16.8’ Pi10 10mm scoring displays
· Four (4) 6.28’ x 6.3’ Pi10 10mm advertising displays
· One (1) 2.1’ x 81.9’ Pi10 10mm top video ring display
· One (1) 2.1’ x 44.1’ Pi10 10mm bottom video ring display

Yost Ice Arena

For the first time in its history Yost Ice Arena will get a facelift that will include LED video displays for the arena.
The new center-hung at Yost Ice Arena will consist of 9 LED video displays:
· Four (4) 13’ x 16.8’ Pi10 main displays
· Four (4) 12.5’ x 6’6’ F16 corner displays
· One (1) 2.5’ x 75.59’ F16 video ring display


The new Michigan Stadium boards will vault Michigan to around sixth nationally. They'll probably end up nestled in between those at Neyland and the Swamp. Right now Wikipedia's insanely comprehensive list of college football scoreboard sizes doesn't even list Michigan, so… yeah. It's kind of a big difference. Getting replay at Yost is clutch as well. I love me some universe just for you moments but I also like knowing what happened.



April 5th, 2011 at 2:52 PM ^

It was a sad day when I saw the size of the last replay screens, coupled with the halo. The first game I can make it to next year will be the ND game, it should be quite a spectacle.


April 5th, 2011 at 2:54 PM ^

Michigan Sports Television Production Studio The project also includes the conversion to high-definition video equipment. Due to the construction at Crisler Arena, the Michigan Sports Television Production Studio, which manages and controls the video boards, will be relocated to Michigan Stadium until the arena is completed in 2013-14.

Inside Michigan Football, in HD, FINALLY.


April 5th, 2011 at 3:45 PM ^

scoreboards are great and all, but aren't we all carrying around hi-res smartphone screens in our pockets, or at least will be in 5 years?  it would be great if you could connect your iphone or whatever into the scoreboard feed so that you could have it in the palm of your hand.  i would pay $20 a game to be able to play and rewind replays in my hand at halftime.

additional revenue stream and they could mostly likely get ads on it since it would not be "in the stadium."

Sgt. Wolverine

April 5th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

full Michigan Stadium.  I had trouble getting a usable data connection during Big Chill intermissions; I could get a usable connection during the game action, but it was still pretty slow.  For people to be able to stream game video on their phones, the networks would have to be significantly reinforced.


April 5th, 2011 at 3:55 PM ^

Forgive me, as I'm not a master of IT, but couldn't you just put up a shit ton of wireless connection?  It wouldn't even need to connect to the internet, perhaps, just whatever system was in place to replay plays.  Of course, that would probably mean a multimillion dollar installation in the big house of epic proportions, so I'm not sure if that's feasible.


April 5th, 2011 at 4:00 PM ^

i would think a little thing in the corner of the screen that says "mobile replays brought to you by verizon" would pay for it in a single game.  lots of captive, young, spectators - just the kind of demographic marketers stay up at night dreaming how to get.

second thought, what the hell am i doing this for free on a blog for?


April 6th, 2011 at 7:26 AM ^

Wireless itself wouldn't be as much of a problem - smaller pro stadiums already do that - but serving freshly-made video to that many customers could be an issue, because of course YouTube does that already and a sea change would be required to get the NCAA to allow any school to post replays on YouTube during the game. (Without existing infrastructure - on a smaller scale, of course - it would be a challenge to prepare and serve that much video that quickly, especially if it's HD, to mobile customers in some fashion.)


April 5th, 2011 at 3:47 PM ^

This is to scale. Old boards were 70x40, these are 85x47. I divided the feet by pixels for scale and then made a new dark blue box at the right dimensions. Dark blue is the new board. 

The structures themselves won't be massively larger, but the fact that the entire surface will show video is going to be dramatic:

The old screens were 24x32. These are, of course, 87x45... an increase of 509%.



April 5th, 2011 at 4:03 PM ^

Sounds like a lot of advertising space to me:


· Four (4) 6.28’ x 6.3’ Pi10 10mm advertising displays
· One (1) 2.1’ x 81.9’ Pi10 10mm top video ring display
· One (1) 2.1’ x 44.1’ Pi10 10mm bottom video ring display 



· Four (4) 12.5’ x 6’6’ F16 corner displays
· One (1) 2.5’ x 75.59’ F16 video ring display 


April 5th, 2011 at 4:08 PM ^

But three things:

1). Yost and Crisler are not sacred "advertising free zones".  Really, Michigan Stadium isn't either, just regular season Michigan football games.

2). If this is the price of getting new video boards in Yost and Crisler, so be it.

3). That freeeeeeee piiizzzzzaaaa doesn't pay for itself you know.


April 5th, 2011 at 4:11 PM ^

For branding, thought, the Yost ones should have the Yost Ice Arena logo on them and the Michigan Stadium ones should have the Michigan Stadium logo on them.  And when Crisler finally gets its own logo (which it seems that lettering may be a first step), then it should go on the floor.

Then again, I'm one of the people who wants to restore the giant portrait of Yost to the back wall of Yost, so don't mind me.


April 5th, 2011 at 4:31 PM ^

My mind went directly to this:

Hoke: I'm to understand that Ohio State fans are to be admitted entrance to the Big House?

Brandon: that is correct Coach.  They are here on my orders.

Hoke: I... I don't know exactly how to put this sir but are you aware of what a serious breach of secuity that would be?  I mean they'll see everything!  They'll see the Big Board!

Brandon:  That is precisely the idea Coach.  That is precisely the idea...




matty blue

April 5th, 2011 at 5:01 PM ^

...but those renderings are just TERRIBLE.  seriously, there are a thousand people within five miles of the stadium that could do a photo-realistic rendering of the whole thing in place (probably with moving video images and everything) instead of the crappy floating images that the sign company did in what they un-ironically call their "design department.


April 6th, 2011 at 8:03 AM ^

So will they be running commercials for the volleyball and soccer teams instead of showing the time, down, distance and stats?  I did like the statistical side of the scoreboard that was always available.


Then again, if they show away games like the mock up shows - I'm all in!