New board in north endzone to offer video screen, ribbon boards on east and west fascias enhanced

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Stadium, home to Ohio State football since 1922, is undergoing upgrades for the upcoming 2009 season.  Beginning with the football team’s public practice August 24, “The Horseshoe” will present fans with new signage displays and scoreboards in the north endzone and on the east and west fascias of the stadium’s C-Deck.

For the first time in the Stadium’s history, the scoreboard in the north endzone will offer fans a video screen. At 17-feet – by – 44-feet, the LED board will offer fans replays and other game-day features typically only seen on the video board in the south endzone.

The ribbon boards on the east and west side have been replaced and expanded to reach endzone-to-endzone and feature an improved LED display.

In addition to the new boards, tribute signage for Ohio State’s seven national championship teams (1942, ’54, ’57, ’61, ’68, ’70, 2002) will be on display near the new scoreboard in the north endzone, accenting the seven currently retired Ohio State jersey numbers of Chic Harley (17), Les Horvath (22), Eddie George (27), Vic Janowicz (31), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (40), Bill Willis (99) and Archie Griffin (45) also displayed on the north end.

As a result of the expanded ribbon boards, the Woody Hayes tribute signage has been moved to the southeast corner of the C-Deck face. All three signage areas will be backlit for more prominent display during primetime telecasts.

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Additional Stadium Improvement Information:

NORTH ENDZONE – The existing scoreboard and tri-vision signs are being replaced with a new LSI/SACO full color 20mm LED video screen.  The new screen is 17-feet – by – 44-feet wide and will be used to show scoring and statistical information, replays, highlights and recognition of our corporate sponsors.

LED RIBBON BOARDS – Installed on the east and west C-deck fascia will be new LSI/SACO full color 20mm LED ribbon boards.  The boards will stretch 340-feet down each sideline and are just over 4′ tall.  The ribbon boards will be used to display scoring and statistical information, fan entertainment and recognition of our corporate sponsors.

LEGACY SIGNAGE – In the North End Zone, on C-Deck fascia flanking the new video screen will be new back-lit channel cut legacy signs commemorating the names and retired numbers of former Buckeye stars as well as the national championship seasons.  The retired number signs are a replacement of the seven non-illuminated signs previously centered in the north end zone.  These signs will now be left (west) of the new video screen.  The seven national championship season signs are new to Ohio Stadium and will be to the right (east) of the new video screen.

In addition, the Woody Hayes commemorative sign is being replaced with a new back-lit channel cut sign and placed in the south east corner of the C-deck fascia.

HISTORICAL CONCOURSE BANNERS – A total of 34 new concourse banners will be installed at various concourse locations.  Banners will contain a variety of historical and player images with small sponsor identification.

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