Pondering the HD Scoreboard Possibilities

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 9th, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Dave Brandon's announcement that Michigan Stadium's scoreboards would be updated (as early as 2011) has been hailed as another in the growing list of Brandon master strokes. 

Yesterday the Redskins debuted their new 100 foot long HD scoreboards that have been installed in FedEx Field.  The results are nothing short of spectacular.

Although the most notable addition this year is the previously announced 100-foot long HD videoboards installed in each endzone, the multi-million dollar renovation of the stadium's control room is just as important. The much-anticipated video boards are accompanied by eight new digital ribbon boards to provide fans with out-of-town scores, statistics and more, all monitored and operated from a state-of-the-art control room located on the Owner's Club Level. The improvements will allow for simultaneous multi-angle game highlights and replays, game graphics and other high definition content.

Everyone's least favorite NFL owner was quoted as saying that the clarity of the new screens was better than the Jerry's World punt target.

“This is as good as you get quality-wise," Snyder said with a sly grin, anticipating the shot he was about to take. "These are sharper definition than you'll see down in Texas.”

“This is a little clearer than his," Snyder continued with another jab. "I think this is a safer location, not above your head.”

Take off the advertising boards and you have about 70 feet or so of HD awesomeness for the Michigan Stadium north and south end zones.  If Brandon can pull off a scoreboard project that even approaches the quality of the FedEx Field scoreboards, he will cement his place in the pantheon of Michigan ADs.

That and elevating Men's LAX and an accompanying women's sport to NCAA varsity status.


Ron Swanson

August 10th, 2010 at 12:21 AM ^

I say 3-D or bust.  It's not enough that we're at the game and can see the players in 3-D in real life, I need to feel like I'm "there" when I'm at games. 

Also, hand out maize vuvuzelas before each game.


/sarcasm (if you were confused)


August 10th, 2010 at 4:03 AM ^

I prefer a projection screen to line the endzones, with a 16mm projector pointed at each one from midfield. I don't care if it takes 45 minutes to process the film replay, cut it and project it, I don't like change dammit. 



Your neighborhood "Down in front! It's just another third down!" alumnus.


August 10th, 2010 at 5:25 AM ^

Scoreboard improvements have been long overdue...the replays on the current boards have long been generally useless due to a lack of picture clarity. I have great faith that Brandon will get the job done and continue to push the program forward in ways that have long been needed (for example, OOC scheduling). For a solid reference, Auburn's scoreboard would be a good one to emulate (minus the ads, of course), as Brian has referred to in the past.

Cock D

August 10th, 2010 at 7:56 AM ^

I really did like those - watching the seconds count off the same scoreboard on which the '69 OSU game counted down.


Yeah - I know it would never happen...


August 10th, 2010 at 8:08 AM ^

They'll rip up the field once again, and the entire field will become a giant HD board. During plays, it will display the yard lines, LOS, first down line, and so on, and in between plays, it will show player stats, instant replays, updates on other sports, and once, the world's largest pair of boobs, which will get someone fired and cause the entire student body in attendance to keel over dead with laughter.


August 10th, 2010 at 8:52 AM ^

... The Big House could have 109,901 in attendance for the largest crowd watching a movie. Sort of a drive-in without the cars. 

A horror-fest could be awesome.

Of course, there's always a replay of "THE [REAL] HORROR!"  That would draw about 901.


August 10th, 2010 at 9:17 AM ^

We should get a 100 foot HD screen with pixel density similar to a computer monitor.  Based on a 22" monitor @ 1920x1200, that would give us an approximate resolution of 14,180 x 8863.

We'd need to a pretty good video card, too, and something to upscale 480i to 8863p.