New giant video scoreboard set to debut in Scott Stadium

By Jerry Ratcliffe

During a visit to Scott Stadium last week to participate in an upcoming documentary by the ACC Network, I couldn’t help but notice the brand new video board on the “hill.” It stuck out like a sore thumb (see attached photo I took).

It’s a custom-designed, 6,700-square-foot video display and audio system that will be ready for this fall. The video scoreboard is more than twice the size of the previous scoreboard, which was approximately 2,500 square feet, and installed in 2009.

The new scoreboard is built by Daktronics, the industry leader for stadiums and arenas.

Virginia’s new board is actually larger than Maryland’s board, which was installed last season and is 6,532-square-feet, which was the ninth-largest in college football and largest in the Big 10. Honestly, when I covered UVA’s game at Maryland last fall, I thought the scoreboard seemed out of place.

“The size and quality of the display will be a tremendous upgrade and obvious improvement,” said Virginia athletic director Carla Williams. “The new audio distribution system is another game day element that will be a welcome improvement and something our fans have requested in survey feedback. In addition to the enhancement of the fan experience, the state-of-the-art videoboard will afford us opportunities to strategically drive incremental revenue.”