The Will Wade era for LSU basketball will begin with a huge dose of high definition at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU plans to complete installation of new videoboards later this month, and they will be the largest "center hung" installation in the nation, according to a school news release.
The four screens — two facing the sidelines at 42 feet long and 21 feet high, as well as two facing the baselines at 24 feet by 20.5 feet — were priced at over $3 million. The project was fully funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation, according to the release.
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“This is a huge upgrade to that facility that will have an immediate impact for our fans,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in the release. “It’s a perfect match for the excitement we can expect in that arena with volleyball, women’s basketball, and of course our top-ranked gymnastics program and our men’s basketball team under new head coach Will Wade."
The board, which would rank 11th compared to NBA arenas, will be used during games and for some special events. The boards will feature a dedicated area for game-in-progress information like score and time on the clock, as well as individual and team statistics.
The ever-changing look of the LSU men’s basketball team was altered again Wednesday.
“I know our fans will be excited about the videoboard. ... It will be an outstanding addition to the fan experience that we will be trying to incorporate into our basketball games to give our team a great home-court advantage,” said Wade, who begins his first season at LSU this year after two years coaching VCU.
Fellow LSU coaches, including gymnastics' D-D Breaux, echoed that sentiment.
"Our fan experience is something we take great pride in, and this is only going to enhance the experience," she said.