A new video scoreboard will be installed at Moody Coliseum Nov. 7, as the new basketball season approaches.
After having the same scoreboard for years, the Department of Athletics gathered enough sponsors and funds to officially upgrade.
Drew Long, the deputy director of athletics for internal operations, said that this has been something the department has wanted to do for a long time.
“We have been talking about doing this for a little over a year now, and it came down to funding,” Long said. “Within the last couple months, we have had some funding sources come available to us. We had three different bids, and we reached out to them about who can fit the timeline and decided to go with ACE Sports.”
ACE Sports is a division of ACE Sign Company located in Little Rock, Arkansas. They will oversee the construction of the new video board for ACU.
The new video board is designed similarly to the old scoreboard, just slightly larger. It will feature digital stats, along with a live shot of the court.
Long went on to say that a video board is one of the few things that can really change the atmosphere in Moody.
“When you look at Moody Coliseum, there is only so many things you can do that makes a dramatic impact,” Long said. “This summer, we redid the floor, which was on schedule to do anyways. And from a game day experience, this is probably number one.”
The new system will not be ready for the beginning of the season, but it will be soon after it starts. The men and women’s basketball teams begin their road to defending the Southland Conference championship Nov. 5.
Head Coach Joe Golding is also excited about the new video scoreboard and what it brings to Moody.
“I think it is a huge upgrade for the game day atmosphere,” Golding said. “I’m extremely excited. I applaud our university to be able to get something done like this.”
The women will face off against McMurry at 5:30 p.m. while the men take on Arlington Baptist following the conclusion of the first matchup.
With a new video scoreboard, it will be the second major renovation to Moody Coliseum within the past three months.