It is the offseason, so get ready for the latest round of stadium upgrade battles. The victors go the spoils, and more often than not those victors hail from the power conferences. Auburn wants to stake a claim at the largest video scoreboard in the nation.
Auburn’s Board of Trustees will vote on whether to approve or deny funding for construction of a 200-foot wide scoreboard in the south end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a price tag of $13.9 million, according to a report from Al.com. If approved, Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs claims it will be the largest video scoreboard in the country.
Texas A&M currently holds claim to the largest video scoreboard in the country, with a screen measuring 7,661 square feet. This claim was made just last July. Now Texas A&M would not even have the largest video scoreboard in their own division, if Auburn receives the nod of approval to move forward with the plans for the video scoreboard.
Bigger is better, and video screens have come a long way. Expect Auburn to go all in on the new video board. Now excuse me while I go and listen to Weird Al Yankovic’s “Frank’s 2,000-inch TV” and laugh at the thought there was a time when I thought 166 feet of television screen was absurd to think about.