June 4, 2009
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Derek Dooley met with the media Thursday updating them on the progress of the new high definition video board that is being installed in the north end zone of Joe Aillet Stadium.
Dooley also announced that Community Trust Bank has committed to a three-year sponsorship as the naming rights partner for the video board as well as becoming the official bank of Louisiana Tech Bulldog football.
"The video board is now a reality because of our partnership with LA Tech Sports Properties created by our contract with Learfield Sports," Dooley said. "This has allowed us to finance this board with new revenue from Community Trust Bank and our other many corporate sponsors."
Regional President Lance Hall said that Community Trust Bank is excited to be such an integral part of making the new video board at Joe Aillet Stadium a reality.
"We are committed to and excited about continuing our partnership with Louisiana Tech Athletics," said Hall. "We are also honored to be partnered with LA Tech Sports Properties. We have bought into Derek's vision for the athletic department. The video board naming rights expands our brand across north Louisiana, and it's something we are excited about."
The new 16-millimeter high definition video display board will be the largest in the Western Athletic Conference as the actual video display area is more than 1,400 square feet (25 feet tall by 45 feet wide).
The project, which includes a new state-of -the-art sound system designed exclusively for the nuances of Joe Aillet Stadium, is being installed by Daktronics, the world leader in large format electronic display systems.
"It will transform our game day experience for our fans by creating an event beyond what happens between the lines," said Dooley, who added the video board's debut would be Sept. 19 when the Bulldogs host Nicholls State.
The project began three weeks ago as the existing scoreboard was removed and then four, three-foot wide support columns were drilled 24 feet into the ground. Niblett said from that point of the project everything has gone quickly and smoothly as five levels of catwalks have been added and all the video display panels have been installed.
Tech Deputy Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde said that the brick work on the project will be handled by Lincoln Builders in Ruston. He also said that fiber optics is being installed throughout the stadium giving the athletic department the ability to scan student IDs.
It will also allow fans to purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster, print their tickets at home and then have them scanned at the gates to the stadium.
Tech fans can follow the project via live webstreaming by logging onto www.latechsports.com and clicking on the button on the home page.
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.