Aren't those huge scoreboards at Michigan Stadium nice to look at? Michigan State thinks its fans should get to look at cool scoreboards like that, too.
According to the Detroit Free Press, MSU administrators will ask the school's Board of Trustees for approval on an $8 million project that will upgrade the scoreboards and sound system at Spartan Stadium. The athletic department will pay for the project.
However, this shouldn't be seen as some sort of attempt to keep up with Michigan, says MSU spokesman Kent Cassella. A new scoreboard was also installed at the Breslin Center earlier this year.
The Spartan Stadium scoreboards and sound system have simply become outdated, to the point that parts for the two features are no longer being made. Wind also beats up the south end scoreboard regularly, making frequent repairs necessary.
The current setup — with a video board in the south end zone and message board at the north end — was installed in 1988. Would a larger video board necessitate a switch to the north end of the stadium?
MSU hopes to have the new scoreboards in place in time for the 2012 opener versus Boise State on Aug. 31.
(via Green Thoughts)