BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University's Montagne Center, already the premier on-campus basketball facility in the Southland Conference, is now even better thanks to a new video display and scoreboards.
The new four-sided video board, produced by Nevco of Greenville, Ill., is the centerpiece of the new installation. Highly visible to all 10,080 seats (the largest seating capacity in the Southland Conference), the new 6 mm full-color LED video display system, which features more than 1.3 million pixels, has the ability to show live in-game video, instant replays and current statistics along with graphics, animations and messages from sponsors.
The new board was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Susan Conn McCurry in memory of C.W. and Dorothy Anne Conn.
Fans cheering on the Cardinals will see custom animations and graphics. Combined with a new lighting system and powerful new sound system, LU boosters will experience dynamic pre-game introductions to get them pumped up even before the ball is tipped off.
"We are always looking to do new things to enhance the fan experience at our athletic venues," LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson said." We think the new additions to the Montagne Center will add a level of excitement for our students and our fans. We were proud to work with Nevco on this project."
LED rings positioned above and below the main board will provide additional graphics and messages to the fans. In addition, new auxiliary scoreboards hung at each end of the arena will provide fans with current statistics for each player on the court.
Fans attending LU men's and women's basketball games at the Montagne Center this season will also notice new digital scorers' tables that will add to their enjoyment of the game. Also new this season will be three-sided shot clocks that also indicate game time positioned atop of each backboard, allowing fans to easily see the seconds tick down before a buzzer-beating attempt is launched. Also included in the new installation are end-of-period lights to help officials decide whether a shot was released in time, and new locker-room countdown clocks.
The new boards replace the previous four-sided scoreboard that hung from the Montagne Center rafters since the venue's first-ever game on Nov. 24, 1984.
Fans can get their first look at the new-look Montagne Center when the LU men's basketball team conducts a red-and-white scrimmage at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Admission is free.
The LU men open their home season at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 vs. Howard Payne. The LU women play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 against St. Thomas (Texas). For ticket information, call 409-880-1715, or CLICK HERE.