New high-definition video board will liven up crowds at Brownson Arena

Jermaine Williams knows it won’t fit in his house, but he’d sure like to try.

The new giant high-definition video board on the north wall of Brownson Arena is eight feet tall and 15 feet wide.

“It’s big, it’s high-def, and it’s awesome,” said Williams, the game-management coordinator at Colorado Mesa University.

The video board, from Daktronics, is officially an “integrated light emitting diode video display” — LED — and will do everything from playing intro videos to showing player photos and statistics to instant replay.

“Most games we’ll have the replay board going, showing a spectacular play within the confines of the NCAA rules,” Williams said. “We’ll get them up on the board when the time is appropriate.”

The board can stream live events, such as a playoff game on the road if it’s available online, so students and fans could gather and watch the Mavericks.

When volleyball and wrestling matches and basketball games are being played, graphics can be displayed, whether that’s the Maverick logo or rotating player profiles and statistics. During timeouts or dead-ball periods, the students running the board can show game highlights.

“It’s something that is going to enhance our game-day experience better than anywhere else in the conference,” Williams said. “I think we do this better than other schools, and by me going on the road last year (during basketball season to call games on the radio) I got to see what all the other teams did. This enhances even more what we do on game day. We’ve probably got the best crowds in the conference, and this is another way of engaging that crowd.”

The board was installed earlier this month, giving Williams, the technology department and the students who will run the program time to learn what all it can do.

“Our fans and spectators need to be patient with us right out of the gate while we learn the intricacies of the board and how to run the graphics,” Williams said.

Williams is still learning all of the system’s capabilities, and he said it’s possible that if there is a soccer game being played at the same time as volleyball, during the break between the second and third sets of the volleyball match, soccer highlights could be shown from the game just outside the door at Walker Field.

Another addition is to the stone sign at the corner of 12th Street and Orchard Avenue, the back side of the soccer field scoreboard. The “Colorado Mesa University” lettering has been moved toward the bottom of the sign to make room for a digital message board that can announce upcoming athletic and campus events. That marquee, Williams said, should be installed in October.

With the video board came what’s called “Studio in a Box,” Williams said, adding it has been dubbed “Mobile One.” It allows the students to edit multiple angles of video, which the Mavericks will use in their online streaming video through America One.

“Instead of one (game film) angle, we can have a high wide angle, a high tight angle and two baseline angles for basketball,” Williams said. “Once it all comes to fruition and we get through the first year and work out the kinks, when people watch at home they’ll see a pretty cool broadcast of Division II athletics that nobody other than maybe Metro (State College) does. Metro does a good job with theirs. This will be the best in the conference.”


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