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11:10 PM November 26, 2007
Lucas Oil Stadium scoreboards: 53 feet high, $11.4M pricetag
The Colts’ biggest plays will look even bigger next season, with picture quality among the best in the NFL.
That’s because the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority today unanimously approved an $11.4 million deal for two ginormous high-definition scoreboards at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Consisting of three screens each, the 97-foot-wide-by-nearly-53-foot-high scoreboards will hang in the northwest and southeast corners of the building.
Each will feature a single 97-foot-wide-by-37-foot-high screen, five times larger than the scoreboard in the RCA Dome, authority Chairman David Frick said. The two other screens, positioned on top of the main screen, will measure 24 feet wide by nearly 16 feet high. They will be separated by the stadium nameplate and advertisements.
In the NFL, only the Pittsburgh Steelers can claim a similar system, said Bo Ivers, sales manager for Daktronics, which won the bid.
While big, they won’t be the biggest scoreboards. That distinction goes to the board at the University of Texas in Austin, which measures approximately 150 feet wide by 50 feet high, Ivers said.
That said, however, the Lucas stadium scoreboards will be the largest to use the Daktronics high-definition technology, he said.
The resolution will be almost twice as good as that of the RCA Dome screens, he said.
“They (the authority) are not buying what people bought five years ago,” he said of the Lucas Oil Stadium installation. “This system will sustain you.”
The smaller screens, which will display game statistics, are an improvement requested by the Colts.
The upgrades make the contract about $2.5 million higher than budgeted, Executive Director John Klipsch said. About $1.75 million of the cost will be covered by the Colts, with the rest financed by project contingency funds.
The contract also includes 1,700 feet of ribbon board, LED displays that will be at the second tier of the stadium. These screens will display game statistics and advertisements.
Major installation of the screens will be complete by July 4, Ivers said, and the system should be operational by the stadium’s opening in mid-August.
With only 261 construction days left, Frick told Ivers at the authority’s meeting Monday that there was one major requirement for Daktronics.
“Get it done,” he said.
Call Star reporter Meagan Ingerson at (317) 444-6304.