Daryl K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is set for a major upgrade, as the University of Texas is planning a new videoboard.
The project will focus on the screen dubbed Godzillatron, which is located behind DKR Stadium’s south end zone. It calls for the existing screen to be replaced with a new LED board. In addition to the enhancement of the main videoboard, Texas is planning to put more video production upgradess in place, as new ribbon boards are expected to be installed.
Officials hope that swapping out the current board with an LED screen will lead to a more energy-efficient solution. Bids are being solicited, and the university’s timeline for the project schedules it to wrap up this summer, in advance of the 2017 football season. More from the Austin American-Statesman:
“The main south display, north field tunnel and all field displays will remain in the same locations and same size,” according to a proposal document available to companies who wish to bid on the work.
“The existing structures and mounting systems will be retained, wherever possible,” it continues. “The Club level ribbon displays on the north and east sides of the stadium will be extended the full length of the building as one continuous display.”
UT’s construction documents state that Godzillaton itself measures 56 feet high and 135 feet long.
UT project manager Jill Stewart said no final company has been selected, but the projected is expected to be completed by the 2017 football season. In fact, the document states that the project should be finished by July 19, 2017, most likely to coincide with the UT’s “Under the Lights” recruiting event.
Current estimates suggest that the project will cost in the range of $4 to $6 million.
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