New scoreboard hangs from Williams Arena

The new Mariucci Arena scoreboard is expected to be raised by Friday.

by Nickalas Tabbert

The two new scoreboards that will light up Mariucci and Williams arenas this fall are nearing completion.

Williams Arena already has its scoreboard hanging above the court, and Mariucci’s is expected to be raised by Friday, said Tadd Wilson, who oversees scoreboard programming at the University.

Mariucci’s new high-definition video screen will be roughly 11 feet 6 inches tall and 14 feet 9 inches wide. The board at Williams will be 11 feet 7 inches tall and 13 feet 8 inches wide.

The $8 million upgrade also included a new sound system and control room at TCF Bank Stadium that will control the video boards at all three facilities.

Funding for the project will come from premium seating system changes, which include donations between $100 and $400 depending on seat location, athletics spokesman Garry Bowman said.

Work on the much older Williams facility began first. Wilson said tests of the sound systems and video boards will be completed by next week, well ahead of the first basketball and hockey games of the season.

A new basketball practice facility is included in new athletics director Norwood Teague’s facilities master plan.

Associate athletics director Scott Ellison said any equipment put in Williams could be reused if a new arena is built.

Mariucci will debut the new technology Oct. 6 when the men’s hockey team hosts Lethbridge.

Williams’ scoreboard will turn on Oct. 31 when the women’s basketball team hosts Concordia-St. Paul.