April 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - This fall, fans will be treated to a high-tech sight and sound experience unlike anything presented on a football Saturday in Ohio Stadium. A $7 million improvements project will replace the 11-year-old Ohio Stadium scoreboard and audio system with a larger, high-definition screen flanked by two clusters of speakers with new LED ribbon boards running the length of the South Stands. The project will commence April 23 with a completion date set for early August.
The new HD, Panasonic scoreboard will be 42-feet-by-124-feet - the current scoreboard is 30-by-90 and is not HD - and will utilize Surface Mount Diode LED technology that will provide a sharper, clearer and brighter picture with extra wide viewing angles of over 140 degrees.
Sound in the stadium will be significantly, if not dramatically, improved as a Pro Sound line array audio system will cluster a total of 25 speakers on each side of the scoreboard for improved directional sound. Additionally, speakers under the various decks of the stadium will be environmentally refurbished; older speakers will be replaced with new speakers fitted into the existing framework. A clearer, crisper and, in some cases, more intelligible audio sound will be present in all parts of the stadium this fall.
The new South Stands ribbon boards - 4-feet-by-170-feet - will display statistics and scores, and will include a section designated for closed captioning.
The improvements project will also include the conversion of 223 standard televisions to high-definition sets in all public areas, concession stands and concourses.