EUGENE — The biggest video board in college football is operational.
Oregon’s new mammoth video board and sound system are installed at Autzen Stadium and the decorative coverings are expected to be added to the $12 million project in time for the Nov. 7 season opener against Stanford.
UO athletic director Rob Mullens gave an update on the project, which was approved the the school’s board of directors in March and was supposed to be completed in time for the original season opener on Sept. 5, during an interview on The James Crepea Show on Friday.
“It’s awesome,” Mullens said. “It’s going to be fantastic. It’s been fully operational for a while, both the sound and the video and fans are going to love it. We’re so pleased to finally get to his project because the fan feedback that we get after every game, this has been at the top of the agenda for several years, particularly the sound, now that we’re able to add some modern video with it.
“It would have been fully operational for the first game. What they’re finishing up is the decorative cladding. We probably would’ve been really tight to get all that done before the first game. Obviously when the Pac-12 pivoted to postpone football (on Aug. 11) we weren’t pushing as hard on the overtime hours and around the clock. Just like a lot of things that happened, there were some manufacturing challenges with some of the decorative cladding. Again, the board was fully operational with sound. We would’ve been close on that first game, but fortunately it will be ready will all the decorative cladding by the time we do open on Nov. 7.”
The 12,276-square foot addition to the East end zone of Autzen Stadium also features a 47′ x 26′ video board facing outside the stadium.