Jul 132010
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The atmosphere at Moby Arena is receiving a massive upgrade this fall.

The CSU Athletics Department announced July 9 that Moby Arena will be undergoing a $1 million project to renovate the center court scoreboard.

The new scoreboard will be hung at center court with four panel video screens. There will also be two auxiliary scoreboards placed in the north and south ends of the arena. The upgrade is expected to enhance the game day atmosphere at Moby for fans and students.

“This will give a lot more opportunity for fan interaction,” said basketball coach Tim Miles.

The current scoreboards were installed in 1995.

Construction on the new scoreboard will begin at the start of October, when Moby Arena has a break in scheduled events.

The project is expected to take 10 to 12 days to complete.

The new scoreboard system will be installed by the South Dakota company Daktronics.

The Rams hope to debut the video boards during Homecoming weekend, when the volleyball team hosts conference rivals TCU and New Mexico on Oct. 14 and 16, respectively.

“It will add to fan excitement. People get to see and hear about the teams. We will have some great videos,” said Associate Athletic Director Doug Max. “Fans will get complete exposure. It will add to the whole experience. I think it will be a lot of fun for fans and students.”

The new scoreboard will provide many different entertainment options for fans in the arena.

The video boards will provide fans with instant replays, stats and biographical information about players, and a variety of options for videos to entertain fans. Videos could include game introductions, highlights, comedy and promotional videos.

“The scoreboard will show lineups and instant replays,” Max said. “It will help fans get more information.”

The auxiliary scoreboards will show player numbers, points and fouls. They will help to create an enhanced atmosphere similar to those seen at professional arenas.

“The scoreboards will be like what is seen in a lot of NBA arenas,” Miles said. “This will help to add an NBA-like atmosphere at our games.”

The scoreboard will also contain an advertising ring along the video panels. The advertisements on the panel will pay for the scoreboard.

“With all the recent upgrades to our facilities, I think this shows a continued commitment to our programs,” Miles said.

Sports reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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