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New scoreboard at Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium is getting an upgrade in technology.

A new scoreboard will be installed at the south end of the stadium for the 2010 season, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced in a statement Wednesday.

The scoreboard is a 36-foot high by 91-foot wide high definition video screen.

According to the release, the scoreboard will be the second largest in the Big Ten and rank in the top 10 nationally. It is 325 percent larger than the video screen within the old scoreboard that was installed in 1999.

"This incredible scoreboard will be another new 'wow' factor for Memorial Stadium and our football fans, reflecting a continuing investment in, and commitment to, our football program," Glass said in a statement. "Football games this fall at IU will be the best of both worlds: all the hoopla of live big-time football with the luxury of a gigantic flat screen, as if you were watching in your living room."

The scoreboard is part of a package of six scoreboards IU athletics has purchased from Daktronics for installation this summer and fall. Scoreboards are being installed at Memorial Stadium, the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center, Armstrong Stadium and the Tennis Center.

The price for the six-scoreboard package is $3,000,000, which includes a discount from the price of $3,470,600. The pre-discount price of the Memorial Stadium scoreboard was $2,062,900. The scoreboard purchase is being funded through the athletics department budget over fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. According to the release, no public, university or campus funding was used.

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