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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