A major upgrade is in place at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, as a new videoboard was unveiled Thursday.
The previous videoboard at Memphis’s Liberty Bowl was replaced as part of an offseason project, with a new Daktronics display installed ahead of the University of Memphis‘s 2019 football season. With this improvement, the facility is receiving a display that offers a better picture quality along with more capabilities.
Results of the upgrade were on display Thursday, with University of Memphis interim athletic director Allie Prescott and Memphis mayor Jim Strickland on hand as the videoboard was unveiled. The amenity is being touted as one that will improve the fan experience going forward. More from The Commercial Appeal:
“The video board that was there, even though it wasn’t that old, was really breaking down way too frequently for comfort,” Strickland said a little more than a week before the Tigers host Ole Miss in the season opener. “We really worried whether it would go out during a game. And the success of Tiger football, that’s all the more reason to do it. There’s more people coming to games, more of a need for a first-class atmosphere here.”
The video display, which will still measure 48 feet high and 96 feet wide, will now feature a 15 HD pixel layout and the capability of being divided into multiple zones that can show any combination of live video, instant replays, stats, graphics, animations and game information.
“(I was blown away by) the clarity,” said Prescott, noting industry leader Daktronics designed, manufactured and installed the product. “It’s just like sitting in front of my big screen at home. Better than, in fact. I just think everybody’s going to be so appreciative when they see this.”
Along with the upgrades to the south end zone scoreboard’s video display, the smaller auxiliary scoreboard’s display (which measures 10 feet by 38 feet) will also be updated. So, too, will two ribbon boards on the west side of the stadium. The video boards cost $2.055 million and there is $100,000 in structural work.
Brand new video board at the Liberty Bowl!! See it in person on Saturday, August 31 when @MemphisFB hosts Ole Miss in the 2019 Opener!— Memphis Tigers (@TigersAthletics) August 23, 2019
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Memphis football begins its regular season with a home game against Ole Miss on August 31.
Image of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium courtesy Memphis Tigers.