# Projected Size of New Scoreboards

Submitted by Purkinje on December 14th, 2010 at 2:22 PM

So David Brandon said that we might have new scoreboards next year. (http://detnews.com/article/20101212/SPORTS0201/12120344/1131/rss17) According to his statements, the new scoreboards he envisions will be "30-40% larger" and the "vast majority" of them would be the HD video screen.

Wondering what this would look like, I decided to do a little research. According to the University, the current scoreboards are 48' x 70' (3360 square feet), with 24' x 32' video screens (768 square feet.) (http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/stadium/stadtext/stad1998.htm)

I did some calculations based on the "40% bigger" number, and came up with the size of the new scoreboards to be 47' x 92' (4368 square feet.) This is a pretty massive increase in size, especially considering that nearly all of that would be an HD video screen. Basically, picture an HD screen as big as the current scoreboards plus 1,000 additional square feet... The increase in size from our current video screens to the new ones would be 568%.

My projection puts us at #7 on the list of scoreboards by size. Texas is still almost twice as big as that. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_scoreboards_in_NCAA_colleg…)

Here's hoping.

icefins26

busoflove

I am pretty sure we can afford the screens, but how are we going to afford 110,000 pairs of 3D goggles?

rcrichlo

We should compare your estimated sizes to that of some other screen in college football. Auburn comes to mind for having a state of the art big screen. OU has some big screens as well.

If UM gets these screens in I will definitely go to a game next year. Right now I'm thinking maybe the NE game.

Purkinje

My projection puts us at #7 on the list, just in front of Florida. Texas is still almost twice as big as that.

Purkinje

Dave Brandon said in this same interview that advertisements will not be made part of the football experience. Other sports (like hockey) already host advertising and will continue to be fair game even when held at the Big House, but football is staying ad-free.

Blue_Sox

Aren't you the one who made the projection of how the scoreboards would look given DB's specifications in another thread? That was also great. I think you should be dubbed "Purveyor of all things Scoreboard-related." I guess I just did. Deal with it.

EDIT: Just saw below that you were indeed the person who did that. Glad you posted that here, too.

oriental andrew

You know what the awesome thing about that link is?  The last entry on the list, and the first entry in the notes section.

I don't know how big it is, but the first HD Screen I ever saw was at a Rockies game and that thing sure was purty (almost as nice as the fantastic scenery to the west!)

psychomatt

Can't remember the last time we were so excited to be #7. We are mostly jumping over boards that were installed many years ago. I would have thought we would at least have the largest boards in the conference on the day they were installed. And we will fall further down the list as others upgrade their boards. I would rather DB keep one existing board and install something mega-size on one end. Then, again, maybe I need to accept that we really are turning into ND. This year they were ecstatic they beat Army. Errrr -- go blue?

FabFiver5

Texas - 7,370 square feet

Mississippi State - 111' x 47' - 5,217 square feet

Minnesota - 108' x 48' - 5,184 square feet

Oregon - 88' x 56' - 4,928-square-foot

UMAmaizinBlue

From a reliable source that it was gonna be this big:

CB2009

somebody please create an artist's rendering of this, or at least microsoft paint

UAUM

That would still look classy, the Godzillatron is a little bit gaudy.  Thanks!

TIMMMAAY

That looks like you increased the length and width by 30-40%, which would make the overall surface area much more than 30-40% bigger. I think DB was referring to the total footage of the boards, not length and width.

joeyb

I just doublechecked your math and got roughly the same results.

Bryan

but we will have two. Thus a greater total square footage.

HeismanPose

Whatever they do, I hope they frame it in brick or something.  I think that would look cool.

FWIW, the Washington Nationals scoreboard is 47x102, very close to what you think Michigan's will be:

helloheisman.com

What's the benefit of a bigger scoreboard?  So that one day Biggie Bagel can race Cuppie Coffee in HD?

jlcoleman71

Calcs above = 47' x 92'

Soldier Field LED (Wikipedia) = 23' x 82'

SWEET...................

UMxWolverines

I hope they include the rushing, passing, and total yards on the new ones too

UMxWolverines

If they extended the video screen down and didn't have the small scoreboard it would be better. Then put the teams and their scores, team with the ball, quarter, down, to go, ball on, and time outs left on the left side. Then put time left and rushing, passing, total on the right to replace the advertisements.