Memorial Coliseum getting upgrade with new scoreboard

Work is continuing on the Memorial Coliseum's Daktronics $1.6 million scoreboard which will be completed by July 27. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)
A worker handles he wiring inside the coliseum's new scoreboard. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)
Parts of the former Memorial Scoreboard will be placed in the arena corners for statistics. (Courtesy photo)

The Memorial Coliseum arena is about to go high-definition.

Work is ongoing this summer on replacing the arena’s scoreboard with a $1.6 million project. The new scoreboard is big enough that the old one could fit inside, and the screen sharpness will be three times better.

“This will be the same pixel size that is in Assembly Hall (IU) and Mackey Arena (Purdue) and that you see in most NHL and NBA arenas,” Memorial Coliseum General Manager Randy Brown said. “We continue to be state-of-the-art, and that’s really our push.”

The previous scoreboard was 10 years old, but the company it was purchased from, Chicago’s White Way Sign recently went out of business. The new scoreboard is being built by Daktronics. The project includes the scoreboards and the ribbon boards in the building.

The deadline is to have the scoreboard in place for the July 27 Alabama concert. It also might be used during the Aug. 9-10 Global Leadership Summit.

The four screens from the previous scoreboard will be hung in the arena’s four corners and will serve as the statistical function. The new scoreboard will require the same three or four people to operate as the previous one.

Brown said the arena’s next major upgrade will be a $1 million sound system which will take place over the next five years.