When it comes to football, everything continues to be bigger than life in Texas. First it was the amazing $59.6 million stadium which will open this fall in Allen (Texas)
Now it's the $750,000 Jumbotron, which will be ready for use when Carthage (Texas)
launches its season on Aug. 31. According to the News-Journal
, it will be the biggest Jumbotron screen in the state and probably one of the biggest high school attractions in the country. The overall scoreboard, however, is not the biggest in Texas.
Though there are critics due to the cost, Carthage ISD voters approved it by a margin of 68.6 percent in a recent bond election. Texans sure do love their football!
It appears to be a reward for Carthage winning Class 3A state titles in 2008-09-10.
Carthage ISD athletic director Scott Surratt told the newspaper, "It's the biggest screen in the world in high schools."
It was installed by Nevco, an Illinois-based company, and spokesman David Paslay noted, "It is the best one we have installed. It is the Cadillac, for sure."
The mammoth scoreboard measures 50 feet high and 58 feet wide. The screen is 1,200 square feet, which is comparable to a small house. The construction crew drilled five holes 23 feet deep for the base that will support the huge structure.
It will take eight people to operate the scoreboard, which features four cameras and is capable of shooting video live action, crowd shots, general information and replays. It also will come in handy for track & field events in the spring, band contests and graduation ceremonies.
Carthage's Bulldog Booster Club already has received $35,000 for advertisements on the big screen.