A rendering of the new high-definiton videoboard that will be installed in the northeast corner of Ryan Field.
Wildcats fans will enjoy an enhanced gameday experience at Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena beginning this fall, when new high-definition videoboards will debut in both facilities.
At Ryan Field, the new videoboard will be nearly triple the size of the existing videoboard. New LED ribbon boards will also be installed behind both end zones.
The primary videoboard structure in the northeast corner of the stadium will receive the most substantial upgrade, increasing from its current 390 square feet of screen surface area to more than 1,100 square feet. The new board will be 44 feet long.
Behind the north end zone, a 138-foot LED ribbon board will be installed on the facade of Walker Terrace, offering additional opportunities to display game information, spirit messaging, and in-game promotions.
At the south end of the stadium, the ribbon board currently above the end zone seats will be replaced by two LED ribbon boards positioned on either side of a fixed-digit scoreboard. The new ribbon boards will total a combined 90 feet in length.
A rendering of the new videoboard and LED ribbon board that will be installed behind the north end zone at Ryan Field. A similar ribbon board will also be installed behind the south end zone.
Meanwhile, Welsh-Ryan Arena will sport four new videoboards next season.
A two-sided display hung over the center of the basketball court will face both sidelines, with each of the boards measuring 23 feet wide and covering 280 square feet. Two other boards will be mounted above the seats behind each basket. Those displays are 25 feet wide and cover 238 square feet.
A rendering of the new high-definition videoboards that will be installed in Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Ryan Field’s new videoboards are expected to be ready for Northwestern’s home opener against California on August 30. The new videoboards at Welsh-Ryan Arena are expected to be ready for the volleyball team’s first home game, against Youngstown State on September 12. The videoboards in both facilities will be managed from a new control room inside McGaw Hall.
The boards were designed by Anthony James Partners (AJP) of Richmond, Virginia. AJP has previously designed displays for several other collegiate and professional sports facilities, including Ohio State’s football stadium and Lambeau Field.
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