By Eames Yates
August 16, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
At nearly sixty feet tall with a video screen that's seventeen by twenty five feet this scoreboard gives game day a whole new feel. Talks to build it began five years ago and it cost about half a million dollars.
Owen Prince is with the Lowndes County Board of Education. He said
"it was done completely with private business money. No Lowndes County tax payers dollars."
Advertisers paid as much as eight grand to sponsor the scoreboard. About a hundred thousand dollars is already paid off.
Prince went on to say "the upfront money to make this project happen was provided by Farmers and Merchants Bank. In addition to being an advertising sponsor they also did the upfront funding for this. We will pay them back over the next five to seven years."
The new scoreboard will be able to show instant replays and game highlights with high quality resolution.
The scoreboard is connected to three camera's positioned throughout the stadium. There's also plans for a fourth handheld camera that will be operated on the sidelines. Among other things it can be used as a fan cam."
But it's not just football fans that benefit.
Mike Fletcher is the Vikings Touchdown Club Secretary. He said "we're going to bring one camera down and put it up for graduation and mom's and dad's will be able to see their kids coming across the stage for graduation. And in soccer will be able to do instant replay for goals and saves."