April 27, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss has announced today that the IHL Board of Supervisors has approved a project that will allow the school to install a state-of-the-art video board in the north end zone of M.M. Roberts Stadium for the 2007 football season.
The structure will be 48-feet high by 90-feet wide to include the main stadium video board, a secondary video display, and the stadium audio system. The board will be installed adjacent to the Athletic Center with the bottom of the structure standing 50-feet above the ground. The main video board will be a 16 mm High-Definition display, measuring 21-feet high by 58-feet wide and will have state-of-the-art technology capable of handling all video, scoring, timing, and statistical information. A secondary 22 mm LED video board measuring 5-feet high by 86-feet wide will be across the bottom of the scoreboard structure and will be used primarily to display animated graphics, logos and game statistics.
The Roberts Stadium audio and video control systems will be provided by Pro Sound of Tampa, Florida, one of the world's most respected and innovative integrators of audio and video systems. The project, whose total cost is approximately $2.7 million, will also include installation of video display boards on the fascia of Roberts Stadium on both the east and west sides, as well as a double-faced LED video display in front of Reed Green Coliseum off of 4th Street that will be used to promote upcoming athletic events.
The project is made possible by Southern Miss' marketing partner, ISP Sports, which has agreed to finance all of the video board upgrades. Founded in 1992 in Winston-Salem, N.C., ISP Sports provides knowledge and experience in creating, marketing, and managing revenue enhancement programs around its sports properties. The company has partnered with Southern Miss Athletics since 2000 and currently has marketing agreements with more than 40 Division I schools, conferences and bowl games.
"We are extremely pleased with our partnership with ISP Sports," said Southern Miss Athletics Director Richard Giannini. "The fact that they would step up to buy these video boards shows their commitment to our program, which in turn allows us to present state-of-the-art technology to our fans to enhance their game-day experience at The Rock. What's even more special is that we are one of only a handful of universities that will offer high-definition technology on our video board."
The sentiment is echoed from ISP Sports Assistant Vice President-General Manager of the Southern Miss team, Craig Curtis, who agreed that the relationship between Southern Miss and ISP Sports has been beneficial for both sides.
"ISP Sports is very pleased to partner with Southern Miss in this exciting project," said Curtis. "We are confident that Golden Eagle fans will thoroughly enjoy the new state-of-the-art scoreboard, video board and message boards that will add significantly to what is already a great atmosphere at The Rock."
Capturion Network of Laurel, Miss., has been awarded the bid to provide the installation of the boards. Capturion Network was founded in 2004 and is part of the Busby family of companies. Busby Outdoor, formed in the early 1990's, is a well-known leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signs, billboards, LED fuel numbers, and LED video and message displays. Leonard "Bubba" Busby, a former Southern Miss football player who lettered for the Golden Eagles in 1978 and 1979, is the owner of the company.
"We were extremely pleased with what Leonard Busby and Capturion Network brought to the table when they presented their ideas of the new scoreboard," Giannini added. "The scoreboard will give Southern Miss one of the best video boards in the nation."
As for Busby, the former Golden Eagle is honored to be able to provide something that will give Golden Eagle fans excitement for many years to come.
"I have to congratulate Southern Miss for continuing its legacy of "To the Top" by advancing to the forefront of cutting edge technology with the decision to upgrade the football facility's scoreboard structure," Busby said.
Southern Miss Deputy Director of Athletics, Scott Carr, who oversees the marketing and promotions aspects of the department , sees this improvement at The Rock as one that has unlimited possibilities in providing first-rate entertainment to Golden Eagle fans when a stoppage of play occurs during the game.
"The technology aspect of this video board really is spectacular in that it offers high-definition quality video that will allow us to show incredibly crisp and clear pictures of what is happening on the field. It will also help with our in-game atmosphere as we will be able to produce more fan-interactive promotions and present our sponsors on that board in a first-class way," Carr said. "This is just the first step in making The Rock one of the top facilities in the country with the south end zone project expected to be completed in time for the 2008 season."
* Main video board measures 21 feet high by 58 feet wide. 16 mm High Definition, state of the art video display to handle all video, scoring, timing, and statistical information.
* Secondary video display measuring 5 feet high by 86 feet wide. 22 mm LED display positioned across the bottom of the scoreboard structure to show animated graphics, logos, and game statistics.
* Stadium audio and video control systems provided by Pro Sound of Tampa, Florida, one of the world's most respected and innovative integrators of audio and video systems.
* Includes a new Meyer Sound audio system - the same equipment used in such stadiums as Cardinals Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
* Includes a new video control room featuring the latest in high definition equipment including high definition cameras from JVC Pro and the Click Effects Crossfire HD and Replay systems from Sound and Video Creations.
* Installation of 100 feet of 22 mm LED video displays on the upper deck fascia of MM Roberts Stadium on both the east and west sides of the stadium.
* Installation of a double-faced 16 mm LED video display in front of Reed Green Coliseum off of 4th Street that will be used for promoting upcoming athletic events.
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