May 13, 2009
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech officials announced today that demolition of the existing scoreboard at the north end of Joe Aillet Stadium has begun in preparation for the installation of a new high definition video display board.
The board will be installed by Daktronics, the world leader in large format electronic display systems. With a high definition display area of nearly 1,500 square feet (25 ft tall by 45 feet wide), Tech's new video display board will be the largest in the Western Athletic Conference and will include an entirely new sound system.
"In a continuing effort to serve our fans, we are thrilled that our dreams of a high quality board are now becoming a reality," said Tech Athletic Director Derek Dooley. "The immediate instant replays, pre-game and halftime entertainment, and state-of-the-art sound system will transform our game-day experience into the most exciting three hours of entertainment in North Louisiana."
The board will be funded through the university's partnership with Learfield Sports. The marketing revenue generated will not only fund the debt service on the project, but will also return additional revenue to the department.
"Not only will this new addition to Joe Aillet Stadium enhance the overall game-day experience for the LA Tech fan, but it creates phenomenal new opportunities for the sponsors of the program," said Mason Ellenberger, General Manager for LA Tech Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports.
"It will give the sponsors tremendous visibility for their products, services and initiatives. We not only strive to create an exciting game environment but to increase opportunities for our sponsors and advertiser to have every LA Tech fan as a customer."
Daktronics is recognized worldwide in its industry as the leading designer and manufacturer of electronic scoreboards programmable display systems and large screen video displays using light emitting diode (LED) technology.
"With the addition of Daktronics HD-16 product, Louisiana Tech will have the latest in video technology that is comparable to what many BCS schools have installed in the past few years," said Dan Fjeldheim, Daktronics South Central Region Representative. "Daktronics is very grateful of the opportunity to partner with Louisiana Tech."
By comparison, it will also be almost three times larger than the video board that showed replays of the Bulldogs 17-10 win over Northern Illinois at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
The board is set to be fully operational by mid-August, a month prior to the Bulldogs home opener in 2009.
Tech fans can follow the project via live webstreaming by logging onto www.latechsports.com and clicking on the button on the home page.
Bulldog faithful can also see color renderings of the new board by attending one of the remaining events on the Louisiana Tech Spring Tour, either in Ruston May 20, West Monroe May 21 or Dallas June 3.
For information on the Louisiana Tech Spring Tour, log onto www.latechalumni.org.
Season tickets are also currently on sale as the Bulldogs schedule includes five big home games and can be purchased by logging onto www.latechsports.com or calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631.