Northwestern announced an upgrade to Ryan Field that will be a welcomed sight for Wildcats fans.
The school detailed its plans to nearly triple the size of its video board on the north side of the stadium. The increase will boosts its size from 390 square feet to 1,100 square feet. Additionally, new LED ribbon boards will be installed. They will overlook the north and south end zones.
The installation of the new boards is scheduled to begin after Northwestern’s upcoming commencement ceremonies and will be ready for the Wildcats’ home opener against California on August 30.
"This is an exciting announcement for members of the Northwestern Football family and another indication of our commitment to providing the best possible gameday experience for fans and guests of Chicago's Big Ten Team," said head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "Initiatives of this magnitude don't happen without the hard work of many individuals across campus and the support of our terrific fanbase, so I'd like to thank all those who played a role in making these videoboard upgrades a reality.”
While it is a significant upgrade for Ryan Field, Northwestern’s new video board does not compare others around the Big Ten. The two largest video boards belong to the schools who played for the league title last season. The conference's biggest video board is at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium and is 5,414 square feet. Ohio State's is 5,208 square feet.
The newly renovated Kyle Field at Texas A&M will have the country’s biggest video board when the 2014 season kicks off. It will be a whopping 7,661 square feet.
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