It’s all about the in-game experience for college football aficionados.
Sun Devil football fans will notice something different when they go to games this upcoming season.
For students in the south end zone of Sun Devil Stadium, it was a struggle to watch replays and catch the exciting action on the screen because the video boards were behind them.
Now, a massive, brand new video board will make it much easier to see replays and enjoy the game.
At the home opener on August 31 against New Mexico State, fans in the student section will be able to watch the game up close on a brand new 5,400-square-foot video display, positioned behind the north end zone.
The new addition promises a quality experience for fans, with the video board ranking as the 10th largest in the country. The structure that supports the video board is 180 feet wide by 60 feet tall, comparable to a six-story building.
The video board is part of the massive renovations at Sun Devil Stadium, now in the second stage.
In upcoming months, crews will work on the east side of the stadium in order to create new main and upper concourses, and the final phase will be a sideline club for fans. The north side of the stadium had to undergo structural changes to accommodate the size of the board.
The brightness of the video board was increased to 9,500 nits (a unit of measurement for visible-light intensity) due to Arizona’s unique environment. This video board will be extremely bright, considering computer monitors typically measure at 100 nits of brightness and televisions measure at 400 nits. The new Sun Devil video board will be nearly 3,000 nits brighter than outdoor outdoor displays designed by the same company, ANC. This feature will make it easier for fans to see the boards, even in the bright sunshine, and high-powered air conditioning units will help to make a difference with intense heat.
ANC is the company responsible for the video display inside Wells Fargo Arena as well.
Other changes include the relocation of the iconic Tillman Tunnel and the student-athlete facility, both of which have been moved to the north side of the facility.
The video board should be ready for gametime by the middle of next month.