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Super Pit installs new scoreboard

Super Pit installs new scoreboard

April 23
21:33 2013

William A. Darnell / Staff Writer

Next season Mean Green basketball fans will be able to see much more of the action thanks to the new high-definition scoreboard being installed in the UNT Coliseum.

The Coliseum – also known as the Super Pit – will now boast a Daktronics four-sided, center-hung scoreboard with full video and 10 millimeter LED screens, each measuring 14 feet by 26 feet.

The athletic department raised $3 million in 30 days from private donors during the fall to fund the project. Since the Super Pit is not an athletic department building, it requires that the funds to improve it come from private donors.

“With the old scoreboard and the little bitty screen at the end you couldn’t really show highlights,” Athletic Director Rick Villarreal said. “Now, they’ll be right in your face, with fully-integrated screens where we can actually go from a highlight to as many stats as we want.”

Music senior Tony Mencio, leader of the Mean Green basketball fan group “The Suit Guys,” said the group is excited about the scoreboard installation.

“I feel that this will not only add to the hype for home games, but also maybe instill a sense of home-court advantage with the fan base,” Mencio said.

Currently, workers are in the process of putting in new speakers as part of a new sound system also purchased with money from the private donor drive. The scoreboard has already been raised into place, and installation will be complete by graduation in May.

Villarreal said that the project would accomplish numerous goals for the program.

“I think it does a couple of things,” Villarreal said. “It shows that we’re invested in our program, and two, it will create a better atmosphere in the arena.“

The scoreboard system is integrated with the system at Apogee Stadium, so the entire system can be run from the football stadium, which Villarreal said was the original intent when Apogee was built.

Head women’s basketball coach Mike Petersen said that the new system could help with basketball recruitment.

“We’ve got a great, 10,000-seat arena and now we’re putting some of the bells and whistles that it hasn’t had because it hasn’t been updated in a while,” Petersen said.

Assistant director of the Coliseum Connie Verdin said that although not many outside events utilize the current scoreboard, that could change with the new addition.

“Hopefully being able to offer events the chance to use the new scoreboard will increase the amount of outside interest,” Verdin said.

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