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Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:33 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:40 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan State football program is in rarified air, winning 11 games in a season in 2010 and 2011 -- the only two times in program history such a win total has ever been achieved. And if a program's playing like a powerhouse, well, it might as well look like a powerhouse, and let's face it: the Spartan Stadium scoreboard is no powerhouse. With that, Michigan State has unveiled a proposal for three new video boards at Spartan Stadium, including a mammoth new HD video scoreboard in the south end zone. Pictures? Yes, pictures, via the Michigan State athletic department:

That's a massive video screen/scoreboard in the south end zone and two smaller video screens (called fascia in the proposal, so if they catch on fire, is that fasciitis?) on the north side, along with an LED ribbon below the two fascia in an NBA arena-esque move.

The proposal is expected to go before the MSU Board of Trustees on Friday. For Spartan fans' sake, let's hope that the project passes and is undertaken; the upgrade from a regular screen to HD video at a stadium is... well, it's about as dramatic and welcome as the same transition at home. If MSU's got the money to make this happen, it really ought to.

And as for those who are looking at the graphic setup of the scoreboard mockup shown above and are wondering where all the ads are, it's possible that Michigan State will keep the same setup as its current south end zone scoreboard, where most of the ads are on billboards placed next to the scoreboard. The graphic configuration has been different in earlier mockups too, with more screen space devoted to ads, so there's probably some fluidity here in terms of what the final product will look like in September.

One thing that we can't let pass, however: Michigan State played Texas Tech once in its history, and at no point was MSU ever up 37-10 on the Red Raiders; Texas Tech won that game 41-31 in the 2009 Alamo Bowl. Moreover, Texas Tech is not on the Spartans' future schedules (where deals reach as far as 2023), so we're clearly dealing with an alternate version of reality in the mockups here. Do they have flying cars in that alternate reality? Legitimate question.

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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:57 pm

Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

I thought it looked like a damn good idea from first look. Then, admittedly, I also began to question where the heck the conceptual art came from. Why not some realism. If they want to really work on swaying the trustees, use the Nichol hail mary reception against Wisconsin or something from the UGA game.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:32 am

Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

great observation...

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:34 pm

Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

The concept drawing is curious.  MSU has never played at home against TTU, and the only game they have played, they lost 41-31 sans Mike Leach.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:20 am

Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

Glad to see more effort being dedicated to the stadium. They have done a great job with the facilities and Case Hall where most of the freshmen football players live. Exciting times to be a Spartan. Coach D has done a tremendous job with those young men, and now hopefuly Hoke is doing the same with U of M. I'd love to see this rivalry become more relevant on the national scene.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:09 am

Michigan State unveils new scoreboard plans

The Board of Trustees would be crazy to not pass the proposal for upgrades to Spartan stadium. The old weathered stadium needs much more improvements but getting closer to state-of-the-art with the new scoreboards would get them on the right track. With their "little brothers" down the road constantly upgrading and improving the Big House and raking in the cash, the Sparty program needs to keep up. Its things like this that will help attract national top star recruits, let alone the 2 consecutive 11 win seasons.

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