The Waxahachie (Texas) Independent School District has approved a new $500,000 digital scoreboard for the school’s football stadium, according to the Waxahachie Daily Light.
The scoreboard is expected to be in place by the fall and is part of a plan to improve other signage throughout the district in the next three to five years, Clyde Melick, the assistant superintendent of facilities for WISD, told the Daily Light.
The current Lumpkins Stadium scoreboard has been in use since 2004.
“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art, 18×32-foot digital scoreboard,” Melick said. “It will be able to display commercials, advertisements, replays and WISD productions inside of the schools. Daktronics will also replace the sound system. I think in this day and age, where we’re all used to having four screens in front of us, I think fans are used to a more cerebral experience. This is just catching up to the age of modern football and the excellent stadium we have.”
School official plan is to use high school journalism students to run live production during the football and soccer seasons.
“It will be a huge plus to be able to project our graduation on a screen,” district athletic director Greg Reed told the Daily Light. “Right now, it’s a fixed, numbered scoreboard with a monochrome video attachment out there, which has become more expensive to maintain than replace. A scoreboard’s there to keep score, but when you add video to it, there are endless possibilities.”
The plan is to use money from the district’s general fund, which will see an increase because of higher enrollment, school officials said.