Construction completed on Bulldog Stadium video board

Construction completed on Bulldog Stadium video board

SEWARD, Neb. – Fans who attend both Concordia sporting events and Seward High School football inside Bulldog Stadium this fall will notice an obvious addition to the game day atmosphere. On Thursday construction was completed on a Daktronics LED 10’ 9” high by 19’ 2” wide video board, attached atop the scoreboard in the southwest corner of the stadium.

The video display’s functionality will be similar to the video board located in Walz Arena. The new board will have the capability to run graphics, advertisements and live video from the action on the field.

The video board will make its debut on Sept. 14 as part of Fan Appreciation Day when Concordia football hosts Hastings College at 7 p.m.

“The installation of the video board is an exciting development that continues to demonstrate our desire to exhibit a first-class student-athlete and fan experience,” Director of Athletics Devin Smith said. “We are very appreciative of The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. and all the sponsors who have contributed to the Bulldog Stadium scoreboard project.”

The total cost of the scoreboard and video board project exceeds $300,000. Phase one of the project, which included the new scoreboard, was completed last summer. The installation of the video board marks the completion of the second major phase. A track timing system will be the final phase of the project.

The primary funders of the scoreboard project were The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. and Pepsi, with significant support provided through the Bulldog Golf Classic, the C-Club youth tournaments and the Booster Club.

“The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co.’s contribution to this project is just the latest in their long history of support for Concordia University, Nebraska,” said Kurth Brashear, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It is especially meaningful because 2013 is a milestone year for both of these Seward institutions, as Concordia starts its 120th academic year and The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. celebrates its 140th anniversary.”

Once funding was secured for the video board, Dave Kumm (Executive Vice President), Rick Ihde (Buildings & Grounds Director), and personnel in athletics, marketing and advancement worked together, along with Concordia’s partners at Daktronics and American Lift and Sign, to ensure the video board’s readiness for the start of the 2013 football season.

23 August 2013

A Daktronics staff member put the Bulldog Stadium video board (above) through a test run Thursday evening.