Tiger fans react to new $3.5 million scoreboard

Sunday, September 13, 2009 | 3:06 p.m. CDT
Faurot Field's new scoreboard made its debut on Saturday during Missouri's 27-20 win over Bowling Green.

COLUMBIA — Many Tigers fans were pleased to see — and hear — what the new scoreboard at Memorial Stadium had to offer.

The scoreboard made its debut at Saturday’s football game against Bowling Green.  Fans, ranging from first-timers to those who have attended games for 15 years, had many good things to say about the stadium’s new addition.

“The scoreboard enhances the fans' experience because the video is of much higher quality, and the sound system is awesome,” Sean Hirshberg, 20, said. “Games have always been fun, but this will make it more enjoyable."

Hirshberg, who has attended MU football games for four years, said he liked the way the scoreboard was designed.

“It really fits Faurot Field. It doesn’t look out of place," he said.

Jeff Levinson, 21, has attended games for three years. He said the scoreboard says a lot about what the university thinks about its football team.

“It shows that the university is dedicated to the football team and the athletic department,” Levinson said.

Almost three times bigger than the old scoreboard, fans said the screen's size made it easier for them to see, regardless of where they were sitting.

“The numbers are very bright and clear,” Eric Schwarz, 30, said.  “You can read them from every angle.”

Dawn McWilliams, 50, of Kansas City opted to watch parts of the game from the live screen.

“The camera crew is doing a good job at getting all the action,” McWilliams said.

For Joe Land, it was hard to remember what the old scoreboard looked like, but he said the new one was crystal clear.

“I wish my TV was that good at home,” said Land, 50, of Tulsa, Okla.

While many were happy with the size of the screen, some thought it could have been even bigger.

Andrea Swinea, 23, said she wished the screen would have used more of the space that was dedicated to advertisements. Throughout the game, eight small screens bordering the larger, live coverage screen flashed different advertisements.

“The ads are distracting,” said Swinea, who has been attending games for three years.

Jason Williams, who has been coming to MU football games for 10 years, had a different take on the advertisements.

“I like to see who’s still making money in Columbia,” Williams, 36, said. “ ... It’s got to pay for itself somehow.”

Cindy Hazelrigg, a longtime Missouri fan, said the scoreboard — with its $3.5 million price tag — was “an outstanding investment.”

“The sound is perfect,” Hazelrigg, 31, said. “We can hear everything very clearly. We love it.”

MU graduate student Erin Emerick, 22, said she thinks the university spent too much on the scoreboard.

“That money should be put towards the students’ education,” Emerick said.

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Mr Tiger September 13, 2009 | 11:09 p.m.

So,I get to the game excited to see the new screen. Then I notice that most of it is taken up by advertisements. That is not an exaggeration, if you took the squares with the ads, and placed them together, they would be likely be bigger than the game part of the screen.

In other words it sucks and the animated commercials are annoying. I even hoped that maybe for the replays they would use the whole screen, but no. MU fails so much. They have a great screen and ruin it. Everyone is chanting MIZ-ZOU and all I can hear is the announcer blabbing yet more sponsors names. I just can't stand the level of commericalism. Even my $4 coke cup had ads for companies (other than Coke) on it. To MU you are just a number, a schmuck who can be brainwashed with their ads on screens, on drink cups, on every surface of the stadium, leaving the stadium you get passed some Red Zone ad sheet, your ticket has ads.

Another irony is that one thing I noticed on their spiffy new screen at one point was an ad for Busch Beer, funny given they want to ban the MU colors on Bud Light. Also, I noticed in the bookstore plenty of tiger beer glasses.

Then they stop tailgating at Reactor Field. I don't think I shall attend any more Mizzou Football games. Maybe basketball is better...

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Larry Wyatt II September 14, 2009 | 9:38 p.m.

Ms. Emerick's comment needs to be addressed.

The UNIVERSITY did not spend a DIME on that scoreboard. The Athletic Department spent all the money the scoreboard. Their budget is SEPARATE from the University's general fund. In fact they have to pay the University for the Athletic Scholarships they give out (hence the TSF).

I am also glad that see that the AD is continuing to develop the facilities they have. We got behind once...we NEVER should let it happen again.

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