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April 21, 2011

UK proposes new scoreboards for Commonwealth

The University of Kentucky has proposed to spend $6.25 million as part of a project to install new video scoreboards at Commonwealth Stadium by this coming football season.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported the news.

"The current video boards at Commonwealth Stadium are more than 10 years old and approaching the end of their useful life expectancy," UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a written statement requested by CatsIllustrated.com. "Parts and supplies for the current boards, because of their age, are difficult to purchase.

"Moreover, they don't provide the kind of sophisticated viewing experience that fans have come to expect across the country. New boards, with upgraded technology, will enhance the viewing experience for fans through upgraded access to statistics, scoring updates from games, video replays and closed captioning, among other features. As importantly, the boards will generate increased revenue through the sales and marketing of video advertising."

The proposal is contingent upon approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education, the UK Board of Trustees and the state's Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said in a written statement.

The Herald-Leader, citing the agenda for the April 28 meeting of the Council of Postsecondary Education, reported that the proposal calls for installing two large LED panels, along with sideline "ribbon boards" that would be used for advertising.

The renovation would paid by the UK Athletics Association, with $3.15 million coming from private funds and $3.1 million from a loan from the university that would be paid back within five years, Blanton said.



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