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New videoboard in Cam Henderson Center nearing completion

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Installation of the Cam Henderson Center’s $1 million, center-hung videoboard is approaching its conclusion, as Marshall University Athletics aims for an early-September completion date.

“(The board will) make a world of difference in that arena,” Aaron Goebbel, associate director of athletics for external affairs, said. “There’s nothing better than panning the crowd during a timeout and seeing yourself up there going wild and having a good time. That’s what it’s about.”

The timetable for the videoboard’s installment is not officially set, but the athletic department hopes it will be finished before Marshall volleyball’s September 5 home match.

The high-definition videoboard, manufactured by Daktronics, was first announced in May and features a four-sided screen with a moving halo ring around the bottom that will be used as a supplemental display. The four screens can be utilized to show live-action as it happens in the arena, as well as replays and graphics.

Scott Morehouse, Marshall associate director of athletics for game operations and facilities, said the new videoboard is an enhancement to the game day experience for a fan.

“With the old board that we have on the wall, the people on the far end (of the arena) down with the pep band would have to turn around to look up there,” Morehouse said. “Now, it doesn’t matter where you’re at in the arena, you’re going to be facing a screen.”

Morehouse said the board provides opportunities to attract events outside of Marshall athletics, and the videoboard is a key factor in helping Marshall compare to other college venues.

Some of the parties Goebbel said have been playing crucial roles in the installation of this new piece of technology are Marshall’s athletic director Mike Hamrick, Scott Morehouse, Marshall Athletics’ multimedia rights holder IMG College and Dixon Electric in Huntington, West Virginia.

Derek Gilbert can be contacted at [email protected]

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