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Carver-Hawkeye Arena getting major scoreboard upgrade

Carver-Hawkeye Arena is one of the more iconic arena venues in the Big Ten, and on Tuesday the athletic department announced that the venerable home to so many Hawkeyes sports is getting a major upgrade.

That’s because Daktronics is going to be installing a state-of-the-art video board to replace the old scoreboards inside CHA. Gone will be the pixelated looks and in their place will be a centerpiece worthy of the 2010’s to say the least.

According to the release:

A new four-sided centerhung video system is the centerpiece of the upcoming installation. The two main centerhung displays will measure approximately 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide and the other two centerhung displays will measure 9.5 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. These displays will feature a tight 6 millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the arena.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena will also get new scoreboards on the ends of the court as well, allowing fans no matter where they are seated to access state-of-the art stats, highlights and live video of the games happening in the arena.

Four auxiliary displays, two at each end of the arena, will be installed as part of the upgrade. Two will measure roughly 9.5 feet high by 80 feet wide and two will measure 9.5 feet high by 48 feet wide. An additional display measuring 3 feet high by 9 feet wide will be installed along the sidelines. A total of eight digital scorer’s tables, each measuring 2 feet high by 9 feet wide, are included in the installation and can be arranged in any formation the arena desires.

The upgrades to the scoreboards are the latest in a long line of changes inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena this summer. Other improvements include changes to the sound system and lighting as well as a new hardwood floor.

Don’t get it twisted though, the new specially-designed scoreboards are the No. 1 change being made to CHA this offseason.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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