New Scoreboard

Anyone seen any pictures of this thing? I came across what looks like some sort of rendering for the scoreboard. There were some pics posted to the 247 site, but they were behind a pay-wall. I hope these aren't the same. These came off twitter:

I think it looks great. Does anyone have any idea when it's going up? Will it be up by the spring game?

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Page 4 says "Installation to be complete by August 1, 2013" and "Note : Demolition of existing screen cannot occur until after graduation on May 17, 2013." So no spring game.

I have mixed emotions about the graphics on the back. I love the idea behind it, just not sure about the execution. Seems awkward and out of place. I'm sure I'll warm up to it

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agreed

the back idea is nice but the execution and design look dated and corny.

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It said in the document that the mural was just an example. The page was labeled VT.FB.14 (near the end of all of the CAD drawing)

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Thanks for pointing that out. On that note, what do you guys think the two pics should be? Or what would you put there?

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Ryan Williams dragging Earl Wolff

AND...

Either 1) Corey Moore murder eyes
2) Pic of Jacory Harris getting mauled by Worilds

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Beamer dancing in the locker room

@VTimHokie85

Can they put gifs on the back of the scoreboard?!?!

Maybe they could put up a lenticular image

y'know, one of those things that changes as you change the viewing angle.

Kind of like a low-tech GIF.

It would be cool if they had the Tech helmet vs the away team's helmet in the trapezoids.

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good idea

I would like that but only for gameday.

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Mike London crying

I love Virginia Tech, regardless of the outcome of every game.

yeah but

I think the base design is corny from a design perspective... the pics can be whatever they want...i don't love the base look. I know it is CAD which is always really just a placeholder. I feel that overall the team is missing an innovative graphic design element. We are all over the place with our look and brand. We are unsuccessfully chasing Oregon with unis but they have actual high quality NIKE designers working on such things. Not a grad student that thinks he can design or an engineer that is amazing but doesn't have the graphic design flare to pull off a "big idea" look. I am stoked for the new scoreboard. I think the current one is pretty sad in comparison to many stadiums.

Regardless of how great it is there will still be those annoying intelos/stop in ads and the random commercials with lights sweeping over a photos of bulldozers, and cranes, etc. But hey they need to pay the bills.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Agree...

I sent a few emails to the athletic department about graphics on the old scoreboard. It would drive me crazy that they would put stupid wallpaper images when they were showing stats of the game. The images would distort the actually game stats. I would love to know who is in control of the graphics. Of course, I like simple and clean.

I'm just imagining this thing pumping out graphics in HD with Enter Sandman playing in the background compared to what we have now. The best intro in college football is about to get a hell of a lot more awesome.

Finally! Hope this makes the rest of the ACC super-jealous!

Now let's get that damned indoor practice facility built, too!

Beat uva. That is all.

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I love it. The first time I went into Lane my first thought was, "This screen is way too small for this big of a stadium". Glad to know that we're gonna do something about it.

Rip his freaking head off!

I do think the backside of the scoreboard should have counter mocking uva's continue lack of possessing the Commonwealth Cup.

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A counter

hahaha like a counter of how many days we've been in possession of the Cup. Also a gif of LT's block on Steve Greer would be cool too

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Looks awesome

I'm pumped. Everything about next year has me excited!

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Looks great, so long as we can do away with the awful branding from the current scoreboard. The McDonald's arches look so, so terrible to me. Would like a clean cut, all-Hokie look, not a big "nTelos/STOP IN" billboard on top

It looks like all of the ads will be part of the LED screen itself, so they can be rotated. If I'm a sponsor, I would like that a bit less - but as a fan, I like a lot more.

Pg. 54 has the best view of the front and back sides. It would be awesome if the images on the back-end could change game to game or based on events

What caught my eye was on page 3,

in the Background section where it says "In addition, we would like to replace the outdated sound systems....with something that will make the other team's head coach piss his pants during Enter Sandman like Al Golden did a few years ago."

Bud's the answer.

perfect! seeing his reaction and look of terror from the crowd noise alone he may just faint if there's a new sound system

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

The back side.. eh The front

The back side.. eh

The front side.. hell yea

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hmmm

That's opposite of some girls I know

Excited for a new scoreboard

But some of these renders look like ass.

Im not sure if im digging the back side. I think its the over abundence of maroon panels or possibly the two trapizoids (cant decide) , however; as stated above the rendoring sucks so i wont judge it too much yet. I would almost like some Hokie Stone somewhere on it. I like the front and VT.FB.5 has the best picture of this). Regardless, much better then the current one and i am excited.

I think it would be cool if the murals on the back changed or flipped thru images. But i know thats asking for alot

For those worried about the sound system they are replacing it (Page 32 of the specifications). From the drawings it looks like the front 2 sides are the speakers (42'x17' side accent panels). If thats the case i think the sound will be awesome and up to date. Page 40 in the RFP has the speaker specs. It states an average of 105 dBA must be met which is plenty loud, and i can bet its much louder then the current. To put things in perspective 130 decibles is the threshold of pain.

@VTimHokie85

Then I say make them 131 decibles!

Some Hokie Stone....

I think I like that idea of yours.

gtofever

Counter

Add a counter for the number of days the Commonwealth Cup has been in our possession

"These people are losing their minds"

Updates to Cassell too

Anyone notice on page 3 in the Background it says they will be updating video boards and sound system in Cassell too. About damn time for both Lane and Cassell to be updated.

Package Deal

It was a package deal with IMG. They already have the mock ups of those as well, not sure where to find them though.

I guess this new scoreboard means an expansion of the north endzone is further off then originally anticipated. I really wish they would connect the south endzone with east and west.

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Filling in the space isn't economically feasible

While I'm not sure of the specifics, they would probably have to tear out a bit from each end of each section to make it work, and I think I remember hearing that it would be pricier than the entire SEZ expansion was in the first place. As much as it could help with keeping the noise in the stadium, I wouldn't hold my breath on it.

Can't connect South Endzone with the rest. Due to the steepness of East stands, it won't work. The design can never and will never be a bowl like shape. North Endzone expansion is coming when we have more money and have paid off more of our debt from our last expansion.

Thanks

Wasn't there concerns about space for the north endzone? The practice fields are right behind it. I read something about it but I can't remember what was said about expansion.

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My guess is maybe thats why they want to build an indoor practice facility? Some people have said on the internets that any expansion to the North Endzone wouldnt be possible due to foundations of Merriman center but that is all bogus in my opinion. Anything is possible with the right $$$

@VTimHokie85

If the foundations of Merriman would be impacted, that would mean Merriman has the most unique foundations ever constructed. Nowhere would you find a building foundation that extends outward from the structure 100+yards, especially for one that is only a few stories high.

The big rumor I've heard and am unsure as to the validity of is that there are underground waterways that would make the foundation work prohibitively expensive.

That could be the case

Streubel's Creek runs under the drillfield, so I don't think it's out of the question.

Creeks

There's a creek that runs under the whole football field. You can see the grates for it by North Endzone.

Do we really need to expand North?

We might "sell-out" every game (even that's questionable), but we don't often "attendance-out" (person in every seat). Why expand?

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Bleachers

There is something about Bleacher seats, and a complete section of nothing but students that is what college football is all about.

Can't the back be changed every game and be voted on? Maybe memes mocking that week's opponent like that cracked out Clemson tiger! Obviously won't happen...

Engineering issues

I heard somewhere that there's some sort of underground stream or cave system of some sorts under the NEZ that would require some pretty extensive foundation work in order to plop a big concrete structure on the site. No idea if there's any truth to that though.

I'd like to see Lane seat 80,000 in the next few decades

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If we're in the SEC, yes, otherwise I'm not sure if we'd sell that out.

I doubt Lane will ever expand again. A lot of NFL stadiums have settled on the 65,000-75,000 range for capacity, and it is my opinion that the same range is perfect for Lane Stadium as well. Not only does it sell out, but it also creates a demand for tickets... but not such an overwhelming demand to justify expansion. Our administration is able to guarantee sellouts, and more or less charge what they want. We don't have to put up shitty family packages on groupon because the secondary market has cheaper tickets. Couple that with ever-improving technology for viewing at home, and it becomes pretty clear that expansion would probably be unrealistic. A quick glance at the basic supply and demand of the situation (considering distance to nearest metropolitan areas, demographics, etc.) makes expansion pretty unreasonable and not necessary, in my opinion.

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Well, to edit, I probably shouldn't have said ever ...

but I would imagine not anytime in the foreseeable future.

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While it makes sense to remain where we are for selling tickets, there are blueprints and design plans at Tech for expanding the North Endzone. They may never be used, but the idea has been considered and I don't think it has been eliminated either.

I doubt anything has been eliminated.

A move to the SEC would most likely require increased capactity.

Or a national championship...

NFL Stadiums are haven't grown to collegiate size (~100K) for a couple reasons. They love to charge a whole lot more than college, which they would be able to do if there were more seats. Also, the NFL has a STUPID rule that if you don't sell out your stadium or come close to it, there will be a local TV blackout. Which means, not letting locals see the game on TV, which kills a fanbase and makes teams consider changing cities (San Diego and Jacksonville are common examples). Franchises have to avoid that situation at all costs, which means keeping the stadiums small.

An easy way to manage that

The Jaguars have removed blocks of seats from ticket sales, effectively reducing the stadium capacity.

I'm sure in good years they could re-add them, and I think in the playoffs they could as well.

Good point about removing the seats, but Jags in the playoffs?

I meant moreso in general, a team that reduced seats could add them back if they made the playoffs. The NFL rule is, you set a capacity for the entire regular season.

Can you?

throw some Hokie stone on there

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My attempt

Not too bad. I definitely like the idea/look of stone framing aspects of the scoreboard. It represents the school and campus well and keeps the scoreboard from being an overwhelming amount of maroon and/or orange.

What, no lunchpail? Skipper? I know you have to be careful...

not to get too cluttered to ruin the impact. Maybe they could be amongst rotated images.

gtofever

turkey leg

Nothing like a 30 degrees home game with a scalding hot turkey leg. I love it. It truly is my happy place. Also a full flask helps as well.

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Add bacon on your turkey leg.

They call it a Swanson.

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WOW

I have never seen that one. I have to say Ron Swanson has done it again. I am thoroughly impressed.

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I was thinking the exterior of the structural columns could be cladded in Hokiestone all the way up, but this looks cool too

@VTimHokie85

I may be in the minority here, and if you -1 me, so be it, but can we for once build SOMETHING that is not bedazzled in Hokie Stone? I get that it is a piece of our University Architectural Standard, but with all of the new buildings popping up on campus, 50% of the building is Hokie Stone and the other 50% is a combination of glass and crappy precast concrete panels. It is completely uninspired, unimaginative, and frankly outdated. Collegiate Gothic architecture (as seen around the drillfield, at Duke, Princeton, etc.) was the standard in the late 19th/early 20th Century. We're 100 years past that, at an institution known for kickass architecture and engineering programs. As a graduate of the architecture program, I am frankly offended by the shitty architecture of the new construction. For the love of Christ can one building element be constructed that is not an homage to Hokie Stone?

After the abomination that is our basketball practice facility, please just put up something modern and in the context of our stadium. It is a giant ass video board for a football stadium. Plus, adorning it in stone gives it way too much visual mass and makes it look heavy and clumsy. It should be light, it should use modern materials. If you want a little stone here and there, use it intelligently. Your rendering is a good example of this, so high five.

Rant over. I'm sorry if I offended any of you.

Pride in our Roots

On the same site that we all beg and complain to get back to our football roots of smash mouth football where we don't care what we look like I'm perfectly fine never going away from Hokie Stone roots as a university. I also think that some of the newer buildings look great. The parking garage is on of the most aesthetically pleasing parking garages I've ever seen.

I love Hokie stone

It makes you feel like you're somewhere important (BECAUSE YOU ARE). Go to radford and tell me how you like a campus without a prestigious feel.

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I agree, Hokie stone FTW

I personally want every new building to include Hokie stone, and wouldn't mind if Derring and Whittemore received facelifts to add more to them as well. And although Lane isn't the biggest or most intimidating of stadiums to see when you approach, you have to admit that it looks damn good when you're walking up. It is our Hokie Castle, they just need to add a moat and drawbridge.

#38-0 #BrewerBall

I digress

Derring needs it asap. The design of it is blocky and ugly as it is, then you factor that's it on the edge of campus so it's one of the first things newcomers see getting off of 460. I've said that since I first visited in '05.

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New Buildings

I'm pretty sure thats why they chose the spots for the ChemP building, parking garage, Bishop Favrao and signature engineering building. To cover up Derring and Tittamore. Next logical spot for me is in the Derring parking lot.

They could also do something about the horrible faux Hokie Stone on Litton Reaves. Buildings on that side of West Campus don't match like Hillcrest and Wallace except the newer ones like ICTAS2 and the Life Sciences buildings.

I believe there are plans to put new buildings in all of the remaining prices fork lots, as Tech anymore only builds new buildings in existing parking lots. This would hide all of those old ugly buildings. They are also building something in the open spot next to Bishop Favrao.

we already tried that "mix it up a bit" approach ...

the result was Derring & Whittemore

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It appears you've offended at least 9 people.

While I'm not sure this rant deserves a -9, I can see where people are coming from. Hokie stone is something that makes our architecture extremely unique. Besides, trying to put a bunch of modernized buildings around campus in the middle of the old-school collegiate Gothic architecture would completely wreck the feel of the campus, IMHO. I think the school has done a pretty good job so far of making the newer buildings look modernized without losing that "Hokie" feel and a really big part of that is the generous use of Hokie stone. But what do I know? I'm just a humble engineer.

Too late

"trying to put a bunch of modernized buildings around campus in the middle of the old-school collegiate Gothic architecture would completely wreck the feel of the campus"

Derring Hall says hello.

There are some things I force myself not to look at or, at the very least, immediately remove them from my memory once I leave.

Was it Derring or Whittemore that was designed by a UVA grad?

I wasn't saying get rid of HokieStone altogether. I love Hokie Stone. I have a giant piece of it on my desk (that may or may not have been stolen during the construction of a building...). My point was that most of the architecture going up around campus has been by-and-large uninspired. The new Snohetta-designed Center for the Arts building is a nice start. I just wish they would shake it up more, rather than value-engineer everything to the same look. So when people say "yeah clad the whole giant scoreboard in Hokie Stone!", my response is more rooted in the fact that from a design standpoint, cladding a large object like a scoreboard in stone is visually heavy. It would look funny. And if you don't believe me, thats fine, its only my opinion. And the -9 is fine, I knew it was coming. I felt comfortable with everyone here to just voice my opinion and let my voice be heard. I'm glad people disagree, its what makes the site great.

People are misusing the -1 anyway

It's meant to be for offensive material, or comments that are altogether not welcomed. Not for disagreements. I completely understand where you're coming from with this comment though, as for me, having a scoreboard decked out in all Hokiestone may be a bit much. But a little couldn't hurt it either. It's just dependent on how well it's integrated into the design. And as a civil engineering student, I will gladly admit that I have no idea as to what may be appealing visually from an architecture standpoint.

Logan 3:16

I didn't -1 you either (I have seriously only used that bottom maybe five times since it's conception, it def gets misused). The thing is, nobody said to have the scoreboard "cladded out in Hokie Stone." I said throw some up there and the picture that the key player responded with didn't even have a lot, so I'm unsure why your rant was focused on a scoreboard full of Hokie stone. Don't want to get into another key play argument like earlier in the week, just saying that nobody said to "clad it out in Hokie stone." I agree that a scoreboard full of Hokie stone would be too much.

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I actually agree with a lot of the comments you made about the campus architecture. I think the mistake that was made is that it is really hard to combine Gothic with modern. So instead of intricate relief work you would see in traditional Gothic architecture like this:

We tried to modernize it and ended up with cheesy concrete panels like this:

To me, it's a bad Venturi rip-off

However, if anyone ever visits the campus with me, I make sure they walk into the main entrance of Burruss Hall.

Oh...back to the Hokie Stone on the scoreboard; I think it'd look best as part of the columns holding up the scoreboard.

I won't -1 you but I disagree. Hokie Stone for life.
Nice look on the horseonthetreadmill, btw, RivaHokie

Completely disagree with your opinion. but a +1 because I disagree more with those you down voted you for it.

On the topic of campus architecture, I got a chance to tour the new performing arts center they are building on alumni mall a few weeks ago, and it is impressive. I have never studied architecture so I guess I wouldn't really know, but I thought it was a nice looking building. I was very impressed.

Edit: Just saw you already commented on it. Glad to see my architectural opinions reinforced by someone who knows what they're talking about.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

On the topic of profile pictures, you are the king. Miss that beard.

one reason i fell in love with this place was the hokie stone... it is different than so many places. no one cares that you graduated from the architecture program because you are just being negative.

Thank you for the polite comment.

I was just expressing my opinion. It is one of the many things that makes this site so great, and I clearly felt (and still feel) comfortable enough with the people of TKP to do so.

I'm gonna have to stop you right there champ. Using phrases like "no one cares" is not only disrespectful, it's an asinine comment because it's so easy to prove you wrong. I care about damn near every opinion on this site, because almost all are insightful and add to the great atmosphere that is TKP, and Hokienation in general. That is what is different from so many places, and you sir, seem not to get that.

it is irrelevant that you graduated from the architecture program. Sorry you did not like the way it was conveyed, Champ.

"no one cares" and being "irrelevant" are two completely separate concepts. However, having a degree from the top school of architecture in the country is quite relevant in a discussion about campus design. It's more accurate to say that you don't care, and that is your opinion and perfectly 100% acceptable.

The issue here is making blanket statements without any way to back it up. Oh...and I'm pretty sure that HightyTighty did not graduate from the architecture program.

Edit: pre-coffee posts are not a good idea.

LOOOOOL. Me? Architect? I'd be a afraid for the people in those buildings. I'm pretty sure if Hokiefootball clicked my name and scrolled, it shows that I'm majoring in bovine scatology.

relax

As a designer, I think there is a lot that can be modern and use the stone as an accent. It is a bit unimaginative to just build a bunch of cube buildings covered in hokie stone. Why not mix the stone, glass, and metal but use some slightly non traditional shapes (I'm a Bauhaus guy)? Or abstract the gothic architecture. I'm hoping that one day my firm can get some interior work at VT.

I am a designer as well. I have my own company and have won architecture, landscape and interior design awards. I completely agree with Low Brau. The main issue is not Hokie stone, which should be used liberally on every structure on campus, it is the attempts at maintaining gothic architecture. Using one material as a unifying element for something like a campus is what creates a lasting identifiable character that non-students and fans can recognize. The biggest problem is the university restricting the use of more updated architectural styles. They believe the gothic style should largely, with some exception, also be maintained. But using more contemporary architecture would only serve to highlight the great gothic architecture from before. Replicating an old form that is known for its intricate hand worked detail today is stupid, because labor is more expensive and the stone masons no longer have the skills to do that level of workmanship. You can see the results in posts above.

In regards to the scoreboard I don't see any reason why it could not have Hokie Stone and it should do so.

Escalated

Marching Virginians - Bassline

Did they ever announce what will actually be on the back of the scoreboard?

A giant evil Hokiebird eye?

#Hokies

I can't believe nobody has brought this up

The back of the new scoreboard is the perfect place to bring back the "Home of the Fighting Gobblers"

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Well I'm apparently a bad fan to have not noticed that. Or I just never go to the west side.

I'm all in favor of the horse on the treadmill now.

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no, you're not.

they put them in a weird place in order to draw less attention to them. that's probably the only way they could get the people who wanted them taken down in the first place to approve putting them back up.

but I do like your suggestion of putting "home of the fighting gobblers" on the scoreboard. I was always a fan of those letters and I was upset when they never put them back up on the outside of the west stands, where they belong.

How about

just a close-up view of Corey Moore's eyes, with the words "Welcome to the Terror Dome" imposed at the top?

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

well, you also need to make sure you capture the steam coming off of the top of his head.

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Sold!

It would be great to put Grimes on the other side. Full team Goatee blowing fire would be badass!!!!

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Can't we just have the Thankskilling turkey rise up from behind the scoreboard for every 3rd down key play?

Or every sack.

Grimes shoots lazors out the eyes

@VTimHokie85

Update

I added your suggestions, plus I thought Beamer should ride in on Thankskilling Turkey, and the pet Turkey Bear would guard the lunch pail while defense was on the field.

FOSTERS: Australian for defense

Hopefully there will be an addendum to the drawings that reflect these changes.

@VTimHokie85

lol i just noticed you drew mechanical mouths on Foster's and Grimes' jaw. Nice touch

@VTimHokie85

frank on thankskilling turkey

just made my day

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One thing is for sure

There will not be any plans to expand the student section for at least 10-15 years.

D_BAM

Weather permitting, it looks like they are starting the tear out this week and hopefully should be all out by next week I'd think. Quicker they get that done, quicker they can come put these massive boards up in Cassell.

Oh, is that the plan? I guess I was a little confused. So Cassel isn't getting new screens they're just taking the old ones out of Lane and putting them in there?

Rip his freaking head off!

No it is brand new screens in Cassell, but it is the same company doing it, so they have to do Lane first. Working in Cassell though, those are the ones I'm more concerned with considering I do some pregame ops stuff like making sure the clocks work and stuff like that. I said massive screens because that is what is going in there. If people have been coming to games for years, they will notice it about as quickly as people noticed the bigassfans.

The more immature part of my brain read that last bit as big ass-fans. Tee hee. Here's hoping this is buried enough in the comments that no young eyes see it. Cause really, this is just tasteless.

Yeah, can't really get around it since that is the companies name. I'm honestly surprised we didn't get complaints from random parents.

ha, my company uses their fans too. we all got a kick out of it when they were installed.

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicolas
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That's the first thing I noticed this year. Those big ass fans. My friend proposed that we turn them all the way up on the side where the opposing team is shooting.

Rip his freaking head off!

I hope this new scoreboard will coincide with a new, more competent era of Hokie Offense

Beat uva. That is all.

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After taking yesterday off, they are back out there and as of 5 minutes ago when I walked by they completely have the S off.


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I love the progress updates, keep up the good work.

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Another bleak day in Blacksburg, but they have the O strapped in and is awaiting takedown.

kind of sad actually.

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The 9 year old in me thinks its hilarious that it now says "Ho" on our campus...

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The 31-year-old in me thinks the same thing.

Well...at least that's legal. I'm pretty sure vtfly is guilty of a felony.

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Looks like the practice field is Cart Path only...

What's crazy is that it seems like the other day that I was excited when we finally got a video scoreboard. I feel old.... Bring on the new!!

I regret not contacting the athletic department to try to buy one of the old letters.

What was in no more.

Should have the new one up next week and I believe they start setting up to take down the boards in Cassell next week as well.

Can't wait for the new board!

Beat uva. That is all.

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This just looks weird right now... Really excited for the massive video board to be put in though.

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Update on the progress in Cassell. After waiting almost a week on a demo permit, they managed to come in and have two teams working which ended up in them having both scoreboards down in two days. All that is left is for them to cut out the catwalk then hopefully the new boards will be up by August. (Lane Stadiums won't be done til mid-August at the earliest). The new boards going up are going to be enormous (from current stanchions to the top of the air handlers).

Thanks for all the status updates, I've enjoyed seeing the in-progress pictures.

What does the north endzone of Lane look like these days? Is there any activity as far as getting ready for the new sign yet?

Looks like they are digging the holes for the cement pylons or they are just doing the test holes. Just a lot of dirt being dug up over there. From my understanding, they are behind and it won't be completely by the 1st of August as originally planned. I'll be sure to post if I see any noteworthy progress. Otherwise I'm sure Bitter will have some updates too.

Concrete pylons. Cement is an ingredient in concrete.

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flashing an engineering degree?...lol

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

You weren't the only one to notice...

Logan 3:16

Alas, a slight oversight on my part. Still, it's Friday, so zero fucks will be given.

zero fucks

From my understanding, they are behind and it won't be completely by the 1st of August as originally planned.

contractors, amirite?

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicolas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Don't know if anyone noticed or it's just me, but there's a time-lapse video posted on Hokiesports of the Lane Stadium board being taken apart. It's interesting to see the modular construction being removed piece by piece.

http://www.hokiesports.com/videos/player/?id=4866

It's been a long time since visiting hokiesports.com so this video could be weeks old.... but it's new to me!

I was just coming here to ask if there was video of the demo done on the scoreboard for a project im working on. Thanks for posting! Please let me know if you find any on the construction!

@VTimHokie85

There will also be a time lapse of the new board being put up as well once that is finished

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them. So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." -Lee Corso

Any update on the scoreboards for either Lane or Cassell?

Lane they are still digging up holes. Cassell, the catwalk gets cut and they start putting up the metal framework come Monday.

Thanks! Are they still behind schedule for the August 1st deadline?

My neighbor wants to visit and I want to make sure the new board will be up by the time we go down to blacksburg.

As far as I know, they are for Lane and there isn't really anything they can do about it. They got delayed a bunch because of permits and such, but I feel like Cassell should be done no longer than about the 9th since volleyball practices and season start.

Also, the floor is being redone once volleyball camps are finished so there will be plenty to see in Cassell for this upcoming season. If you don't feel like waiting for basketball season or don't like basketball, come to a volleyball match and watch it. Honestly they get better attendance than women's basketball and it's a bit more entertaining as well.

and it's a bit more entertaining as well.

Obviously, someone has seen the women's volleyball unis as opposed to the basketball unis....

vs.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I love volleyball shorts. I hate womens basketball.

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Tall girls, tiny shorts. Sounds like a good time.

Are they selling any of the old floorboards? I know other schools do that.

Rip his freaking head off!

It's not getting torn out, just redone. The baseline will have new lettering. The wood inside the 3 point line will be darker than outside the 3 point line. And near the benches they are putting websites/marketing stuff.

Edit: Here is the mock up.

dont know if i would want a court like that. its a bb court. not an art mural

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"Exit Light. Enter night..."

Yea... I definitely prefer ours

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I don't like the wood being darker on part of the court than the rest personally.

I didn't think I'd like it at first looking at the rendering, but after the progress they made, I think it actually is gonna look pretty sweet.

Keep em coming HokieJoe. Just don't get fired for our sake ha.

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Cassell is almost always open so I don't think he should have any worries

@vtscottyb

Yeah, as long as people aren't trying to dunk on the goals or steal stuff, it's generally open. That is why I think it's dumb for people to try to break in at night, just come during the day. Same with Lane, the tunnel is open half the time and so are some of the gates.

They're still digging holes as of 1:00 p.m. today.

One thing that I find peculiar is what they're doing behind the east stands. They've torn up the whole hill back there (between the fence and the pavement) and are digging small holes about one foot wide. Originally I thought they were just pulling electrical lines to those transformer boxes right inside the east gate. But, now they're putting rebar reinforced concrete into those holes.

Marching Virginians - Bassline

any picture on this? Maybe they are putting in a new fence/barrier? Or maybe lighting like street lamps along the pavement?

@VTimHokie85

I just wanted to say that I am happy when someone adds to this topic. Every time I open it up to the "New" comment, it always opens up at the volleyball photo.

That might be a bug. A wonderful, wonderful bug.

So I just talked to the foreman a couple of hours ago. They said they are hoping to have it completed by the second week in August. He said they have finished laying the rebar and are pouring the last of the concrete tomorrow. The rain has delayed them a bit.

He said they are putting two more support stanchions up, one on each side of the old ones, to make a total of four support stanchions. He said they hope to start raising the new ones up at the beginning of next week.

Also, in my earlier post, I talked about the excavating they were doing behind the east stands. Below are some pictures. I see a lot of makings for French Drains. I think they're just messing with the drainage. There's just a lot of dirt that is turned up. They are sticking those tubular rebar things in the ground....(pictured below)

Also, that flat area you see in the one picture is for the backhoes and the big hole driller thingymabob. The foreman for the scoreboard said everything behind the east stands wasn't anything he was involved with.

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Wow! Based on the rebar cages and the drilling machine those look like they're going to be some kind of pylon. Maybe new bases for lights, flagpoles, or secondary scoreboards, etc. the third one is the base for a retaining wall.

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Well those rebar cages are only about 8" thick so they're not wide enough to support anything substantial. And I actually think they are taking that retaining wall out? It looks pretty destroyed this picture....

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Yeah, those rebar cages are something structural, not drainage related. Have no idea what they could be though, especially in that area. Maybe some sort of sign or display board? Could be replacing the retaining wall, and improving the ground with caissons? Thanks for the update, would love to see some more pictures next week if you're available.

Maybe their for cell phone towers/repeaters. You know, since the reception inside Lane is horrible!

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why are you on the phone? It's too noisy for phone calls.

Phone calls, no...texting to say how awesome it is to be there (and maybe to rag on some of my LOLUVA buddy)...yes! I'd like to say I was tweeting but I'm too elfin old for that. Also like to check scores, etc.

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I used to use my phone during breaks for injury updates from my father who was watching it on TV. Also, getting updates from him on what the probable call was during official reviews.

@vtscottyb

Definitely looks structural. Could be there is an underground water issue or instability in the hill. I've seen something similar used in dam construction for structural stabilization and prevention of undermining.

#Hokies

New lights for our Thursday night game! oh... wait...

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@HaydenDubya

I remember when ESPN brought lights in on trucks for a night game in the 90s. Ahh...the good old days. *sigh*

We put the K in Kwality

IIRC they also brought in portable lights for night games when the stadium was under construction in the mid-2000s

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Which sadly probably led to these comments by Jackoffzinski

The sarcasm oozing from Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference indicated he is unfazed by the atmosphere at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and tired of answering questions about playing a night game there. (The Hokies are 42-27-1 in night games under coach Frank Beamer.)

"They've got lights there, right?" Jagodzinski asked Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News.

Rankin: "Right."

"OK. So we should be OK for playing at night. Everyone is bringing up the `Lane Stadium at night'; I was hoping Virginia Tech had lights so we could play."

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

Wonder if they have lights at Georgia State (which is where he is currently the OC)? I doubt it. That's pretty small-time.

"We've got a lot of great memories here."
-Frank Beamer, speaking of TKP (probably)

how ga state got the nod to jump up to the fbs is beyond me.

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicolas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Really? I had just forgotten about that. Why must you bring up something so painful?!?

Those rebar cages are very long. They wouldn't use anything like that for lamp posts. Could they be putting multiple cages into the bigger holes for the scoreboard bases?

Well those rebar cages were found directly behind the east stands and the foreman in charge of the scoreboard said he had nothing to do with what was behind the east stands. Also there is one in the ground behind the east stands.

Marching Virginians - Bassline

I got nothin....

Just found out all the construction behind the East Stands is for improved cellphone coverage.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Hurrah - I got my wish!!!

Can you hear me now? Can you hear now?

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Finally gonna be able to use my dish anywhere to catch games/ESPN news during halftime on my phone

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It looks like several college teams are installing new video boards this off-season. Stole these from r/cfb

Camp Randall Stadium - University of Wisconsin
from:
http://photos.uc.wisc.edu/photos/7075/original/fballMN_scoreboard06_1519.jpg?1286779857

to:
http://i.imgur.com/gTuWhRl.jpg?1

Jones AT&T Stadium - Texas Tech

from:
http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/542/media/images/Jones_ATT_Stadium.jpg

to:
http://app.fpc.ttu.edu/fpcwebassets/assets/images/optimized/1759.jpg

arms race

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicolas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

When all else fails:

For a second I thought we were playing East Carolina already.

I wonder what the commute from Houston was like in 72?
(Great name and pic BtW) ~8)

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Well, it's 20 hours in a bus now, and I'm sure the interstates weren't nearly as good. So basically the commute in 72 sucked balls.

I can only imagine- the trip alone would make teams want to forfeit! ...for the LOVE of the GAME!! ~8)

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

That's the same scoreboard that was there throughout the Dooley years, while I was at VT. Except Dooley had the Turkey taken down, and abandoned the turkey call.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I've seen some pics (on TSL) with that configuration. Referrees should have turkey calls instead of whistles at the home games!!!! ~8)

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I don't know about you guys but I'd kill to have a FatHead of that gobbler on my wall.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

Update: They have the first additional stanchion up. Three in total now. One to go. I'll have pictures later.

Took them one day to put this one up. The other should be up by the end of tomorrow. You know what this means.....actual scoreboard coming next week?? Stay tuned...

Marching Virginians - Bassline

its very hard for me to contain my excitement about this, cant wait for the new board especially new sound sytem. sandman will be soooo much better now

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Correction: They put up half of the 4th stanchion this evening. We're getting so close!

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Picture credit to @vthokie on Twitter said its not exact got it from matching up the support beams. Nice comparisonlane

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Not seeing the picture so thought I would help you out...

Thank you. It showed in the preview and on my side right after I posted it. Apparently the forum gods are not smiling on me

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Looks like your link is to a dropbox which appears to require a login. Are you permanently logged in to https://dl-web.dropbox.com/? If so, your request will go through on your end but will fail for all of us, or if the request comes from thekeyplay.

This might not be right, but it seems legit.

ah ok, i will def have to change my hosting to imgr, thanks for the heads up

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Here are some pictures I got of the new supports. It's hard to get a good angle because I can't get onto the practice field.

ima1ge

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How are you able to get into the stadium, that's my question.

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Climb the fence. HorseOnStairs

The gates are always open :)

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Well, most of the time.

Have a friend who recently got married in Blacksburg, has a picture of him in his tux and his wife in her dress touching the Hokie stone in the tunnel, pretty cool.

So you can go in the stadium any time you want to? kinda? I have always wanted to touch THE hokie stone. I just figured it was pretty much off limits to anyone but football players and staff.

@AMB4VT

I think during the season they lock it up for a few days before each game, but for the most part it stays open, and I don't think it's trespassing if you're there when the gates are open.

Yeah, during our band camp last year, a few of us played football in Lane at like 2 in the afternoon. There were some maintenance guys around, but they really don't care as long as you're not being an asshat.

That sounds like a lot of fun. One time freshman year while waiting for the DD's outside of Cassell a couple friends and I got to shoot some hoops inside on the basketball court, it was awesome.

#38-0 #BrewerBall

Go do it! For the past three years I haven't had a problem finding an open gate. Grounds and maintenance doesn't care, as long as you don't step on their field. DON'T STEP ON THE FIELD. Knowing from first hand experience, I just saved you from getting yelled at :). Cheers!

Marching Virginians - Bassline

Oh... I've definitely been on the field. Some friends and I raced from endzone to endzone, it really is pretty cool

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson
@HaydenDubya

I've trespassed a time or two over the fence at night and run on the field/stand in certain locations and visualize some of the historic plays that have happened there. Its pretty cool. They open it officially for 3.2, freshman welcome night, etc. I've also been on the field and in the tunnel during Virginia Turfgrass Council field days when the groundscrew explains maintenance and how the field is designed (my father is an alum and Sod Farm owner)

@vtscottyb

Yeah I used to run stairs and once stepped on the field. The construction workers yelled at me like it was part of the job. Of course, this was when the south end zone was being built, and I think we were also installing the fancy field drainage system too.

Gallop or canter?

I ran the stairs a few times but found that on the way down I'd start getting dizzy so I decided to just stick with running the hill.

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"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Gallop. Lean back far enough that it feels like you're falling backwards and you'll fly up the stairs.

Yup. I go run stairs there from time to time. The southeast gate has always been open.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

well i officially know one thing i will be doing this weekend

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you could also do the 3.2 for 32, they always run through the tunnel...

plan on doing that next year, i wasnt able to get off work for it this year

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I walked through the tunnel a few weeks ago...it was great they have plaques for each senior class with all their names on them dating back to I believe 1990 so the players on their way out can see who came before them...it was a blast. Gates were open I assumed because the work crews needed to get in and out with the construction going on inside the gates there I came during dusk though and they had gone home for the day...

Sean

Did you notice if players that left early are listed? If so with the class they would have graduated with or with the last class they played with?

Found that you were most definitely correct. A little #beatbama of my own. Yes its not the official tkp shirt. Had these made for a small group prior to tkp's shirts became available beatbama

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Awesome!! :)

@AMB4VT

Damn I miss being in BBurg

honestly im just looking forward to seeing this thing together and blasting sandman. thats one thing about lane that has been lacking the sound system has been awful and outdated for a while now.

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Since the last scoreboard only stood for 7 or 8 seasons, any predictions on how long this will last? I can't see anything much nicer coming around. I'm guess we will all be jumping to Enter Sandman with this same board in 20 years.

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Well according to Wikipedia, the old scoreboard was installed in the summer of 2000. So that's 12 seasons? To your point, I don't see anything bigger in terms of a video board standpoint being installed within the next 12 seasons. IMO there are two reasons for the removal of this latest installment:

1. New surround sound technology. The audio/video experience can be a bit odd when sitting in the east or west stands. People aren't used to craning their necks to look at the video board. Also they don't want their left/right ear to go deaf because of the source coming from one side. Now Lane would be very hard/near impossible to design a sound system where the sound source hits you from the front. But, if they are able to come up with highly directional speakers within the next 12 years I can see this happening. After writing this though, those reasons aren't enough to put in a new scoreboard. It is just a much nicer experience from an A/V standpoint in an NFL stadium.

2. The expansion of the north end zone. I know we have a bunch of posts about this above in this topic, but the questions that need to be answered before we see this happen is:

- Money. I've seen a couple of places that the south end zone expansion was roughly 50 mil? So pending any of the reasons listed below, it should be roughly the same (assuming it's the same design).

- Practice field impedance. I don't know precisely how much an expansion would take over the practice fields, but let's give it a rough estimate at a half a field. They use and need two full football fields. So that's essentially wiping out one full field. The location of the practice fields right now is pretty much perfect. The view of Lane from the fields is remarkable. Great for recruiting. Expansion into the stadium woods is a no go. To be honest, I think this is the biggest reason why a north end zone expansion wouldn't happen within the foreseeable future.

- The replacement of the new video board.

- Attendance. We currently "sell out" every game? Am I wrong in saying that? Well I know the GT opener last season was a sell out and there were still a couple thousand seats empty at the top of the south end zone. This happens at pretty much every big game. I've never been in the south end zone to watch a game but I'd argue there isn't a bad seat in Lane. The south end zone was designed to bring the audience closer to the field. The top of the south or east in Lane is way better than an equivalent placement in other stadiums (from an experience standpoint). That's why we come to games right? To experience Enter Sandman, the crowd, the band, the tailgating, the cannon, the fireworks, the ability to look wherever you want to at any given moment instead of being constrained to the eye of a TV camera. The intangible list goes on and on. Location is the only problem with the Lane experience.

On a side note - I can't believe I'm about to say this because I despise Clemson, but the MV's were at the game last season and boy, you wouldn't believe what an actual sound system/good emcee can do to an entrance. The place was electric. (Probably because they were playing us).

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I guarantee to you that every bit of ~67k people were at the GT game. Unless I am remembering wrong from freshman year the top of South Endzone has student lottery seats. Every time I got one of those I went and "sat" in North or East with friends. So, North and East student sections are always overcrowded and South suffers because of it.

Thanks Ryan, I always wondered why those upper corners of the south endzone were empty.

Bucky Hodges is open

In reference to every game selling out but the top of the South and East are a bit empty...I may be able to shed some light on that.

The top of the east and the south endzone are used for student lottery tickets. A lot of times, students who have their season tickets will print out copies and hand them out to friends (only after they have used their own ticket to check into the game). Then those friends move down to the section where the copied ticket is located and takes someone else's seat. For three seasons I bought season tickets and for three seasons I regularly had about three times the amount of people more than the normal amount. And it isn't even people I know...

The worst was that during the Nebraska game (Taylor to Coale setting up a game winning TD) I literally was able to watch that through a 6 inch by 6 inch window of peoples shoulders. Frankly, the yellow-jacket ticket people just make sure the ticket is correct, but they never check the names. In my opinion Tech needs to give actual "Stub" tickets so that they can't be copied. Until that day, students will migrate from South and Top East all the way to low south and the north endzone.

I hope I don't sound like a tool here, but I can count on one hand, how many games I was actually able to sit in my seat during half time. I ended up not ordering season tickets for my senior year because I have bad knees and have to sit during portions of the game and history proved I could not accomplish that goal.

So for the sake of making the stadium look sold out, and for the sake of fan's comfort and honoring the money spend...just sit in your assigned seat. Like MVHOKIE said, the seats are great no matter where you are.

"So for the sake of making the stadium look sold out, and for the sake of fan's comfort and honoring the money spend...just sit in your assigned seat. Like MVHOKIE said, the seats are great no matter where you are."

Partially disagree here. I'd rather have North/East student section overfilled and not worry about the visual appearance of South. People, myself included, prefer to go away from South because North/Easy are way more intense and they wan't to add to it.

I guess what I am saying is that if you are going to be a participant in the game and do your best to yell until you lose your voice for a week, sneak your way into the better student sections. If you want to be more of a spectator (like the obnoxious sorority girls that sat, literally sat, behind me last year then stick to your assigned seats no matter what.

Alumni sections are a whole different animal. On that one I agree with you and say for the sake of fans' comfort and respecting money spent sit in an assigned seat.

Sorry I'd rather sit somewhere where I can actually enjoy the game. The top of the South End Zone is not one of those places.

I get it that the South End Zone is not the best place to enjoy the game (I sounded too strong when I say they are great seats), I have sat there. What I meant to say was that compared to other college football stadiums, the upper end of the south and east are a lot better than most other school's nose-bleed seats.

Also every game I went to as a student, I yelled until I lost my voice. That being said, about every home game (except maybe one per season) it only took until the first quarter was over before my friends and I had about 5-10 extra people in our section who didn't belong, who took our seats, and were normally drunk. I still found ways to enjoy the game even though our uninvited friends were usually belligerent and obnoxious, however, I did pay money to reserve my seat, not keep it warm for someone else. All I am saying is, as students, if you aren't happy with your seat, don't make the game less enjoyable for someone else because your seat isn't good enough.

I think I probably represent the minority in this situation. /rant

Anyone Remember this? It's the 1st entrance video played on the 'new' scoreboard back in 2000...more importantly, it's the originator of the use of 'Enter Sandman' Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hROXiMUddy4

GO HOKIES!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

YES! Sadly it was awesome when I saw it in the stadium but looks like its from the 80s now...

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Update: This thing is HUGE. These pictures don't do justice. It's so big it's almost disproportional to the rest of the stadium.

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Do you have any updates on what is happening inside cassell? Thanks!

I'll check it out today, but about a week ago, they didn't have anything up. Just a bunch of scaffolding.

Marching Virginians - Bassline

They have the framework in place, the scoreboard is supposed to start going up this week while at the same time the floor is being redone. It is pretty crazy looking right now.

I thought it only fitting to post the original Enter Sandman Video here:

Here is the view from the practice field.

A lot better looking shot than my crummy phone's camera.

Marching Virginians - Bassline

Sweet Jesus thats big!

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http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Thats-What-She-Said-Michael-Scott-Last-Episode.gif

It would've been naive to expect any response other than this.

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Someone who hasn't seen the Finale is going to be very upset you posted this :P

Someone who hasn't seen the finale might be very upset you told them this was from the finale :P

It's on my list of shows to watch, starting once I get moved into my apartment.

Entire last season was very well done. Closed everything out perfectly

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I want the north end-zone redone with more seats added just as much as the next guy, but that mega scoreboard is really going to help "close off" the stadium from a "keep all the noise in" perspective.

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2015...that's the year, gents

#whitness

Looks like a lot of the framework is sitting wonder the west side stands right as u get to section 2

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KNEEL! Kneel before your new GOD

need some scoreboard pics!
C'mon Blacksburg peoples!
GO HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Don't have more scoreboard pics since they only added horizontal beams, but here is some floor pics for Cassell.

Thanks HokieJoe!
GO HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Until seeing the actual size of this structure, I hadn't really thought about the impact it would have on the noise level, but it's so big I think that it should really help to keep the sound in on that end of the stadium.

That was my comment a couple days ago (see somewhere else in this thread). I completely agree. It will make that student/band side of the field much more intimidating.

2015...that's the year, gents

#whitness

I'm not sure if it will help with noise, but it will certainly help to make the north side of the stadium look as good as the rest of the stadium. East, South, West are all towering and intimidating then you look at the north and, yeah. This huge scoreboard will definitely help the North to look as "big boy stadium" as the other three sides.

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I think that is what they were going for with both Lane and Cassell. I don't know how many times people walk in and are like "this is it? Looks bigger on TV." Watching the progress being made though, I don't think we'll have any trouble looking like a "big boy stadium" anymore. That thing is going to be enormous.

HokieJoe - do you have any insider news on whether or not everything will be up and running by Sep 7? I'm sure it will but 9/7 is fast approaching. How weird would it be if it wasn't ready for the first game in LANE.

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I talked to the foreman a couple of weeks ago for the scoreboard in Lane and he said they hope to be done by the middle of the second week of August. That may have changed. I don't know. At the clip they're going it looks like that is going to hold true.

Marching Virginians - Bassline

EDIT: The board will be finished and fired up for the first time on Monday Aug 19. Testing will be done all throughout the week. Considering it looks like they still have work to be done, they will probably be working through the weekend to get this done as this is the date Panasonic has set apparently.

Since it is in the North stands perhaps we should refer to it as "The Wall". Now I feel like a nerd.

Where's the beef?

honestly i like it

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"the Wall" with new entrance song: 'Comfortably Numb'

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

That's terrifying I just thought about coming out to something other than sandman. Something doesn't feel right

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Great song, not great entrance song. Clever though

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

no Floyd song would work. Mettallica will have to do I suppose.

GO HOKIES!

BEAT 'BAMA

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Run Like Hell could be a good entrance song imo

Now I'm thinking of Weaver walking around his office, saying "How shall I complete the wall?"

Side note: Empty Spaces as a build up to Sandman would be badass.

This photo is getting me excited for football! So close to #beatbama!

i want dozer and strawthers trailer on that new video board stat

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Is this the longest thread on the TKP? And since we have some stat-heads in the crowd who love numbers...
+ Is this the longest in length, vs...
+ The longest in entries vs...
+ The lengthiest in actual text vs...
+ The amount of entries.

We have a dashboard for that sort of thing? C'mon, let's get some analytics up m'hya!

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

YES! That's what I'm looking for in a college football blog -strong esoteric analytical tools! Now back to scoreboard picture updates...

+1 sir.

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

I finally got to stop by Lane and check out the progress. Man, I was not disappointed. The board is way bigger in person.

i have a feeling the sound and light is gonna be intense for those in the north stands

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicolas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

A lot of girls have told me that.

Well, of course it's bigger in person. It's actual size!

It will have to be at least three times that size!

Get Angry, Bud!

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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Anyone know if VT had any big sponsors/donor for this new Big Screen or if it was put up by Tech? I know the old screen was very pricey(at the time)and one donor paid a big chunk of it.

Pour some Beer on it

I heard that IMG, the company that does the radio broadcasts for Tech was paying for it.

I passed by the stadium while I was in town this weekend, and most of the steel, if not all, is up at this point. After seeing it in person, this sums up my thoughts:
humongous big

oh Cosmonaut Bryzgalov.. you will be missed

Bigger, faster, stronger! I think we should consult the Cowboys and install a screen twice it's size!

Eat your vegetables.

We might as well turn Lane into an IMAX Dome at that point. Imagine how sick that would be....

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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I am liking the progress! Hope it is finished by the time I move into my apartment, so I can see the final product and get that much more excited for football!

I happened to be in the burg today, and drove by.....wow! Impressive display is on the way!

On a totally unrelated note, me and my oldest son had a random CFB sighting on College Ave., and had lunch under Cody Grimm's jersey at Hokie House. Was a nice visit!

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

So this is ultimately what the floor will look like. Still has some touch ups to be done as well as a couple coats of polyurethane.

As you can kinda see in pajokie's photo the framework is basically done for Lane. Should definitely be complete by middle to end of the month. Cassell I just don't see happening as fast, though I'm they do have multiple crews working on it so I could be wrong since most of the framework is up I guess, can't really see much past the scaffolding.

I like the baseline's, those look pretty good. But when a basket is covering them up it could look a little weird.

Rip his freaking head off!

Wow. 06. That floor has come a long way since then. If you remember last year, the letters did not reach the frame for the goals. The aim this year was for the top of the letters to basically be touching the base just like it does in the practice facility.

Didn't even realize that! I just quickly googled Cassell

Anyone ever figure out what the new construction behind the East Side stands is all about? ...photos? GO HOKIES

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I think further up in this post someone confirmed that it was to increase cell service in the stadium.

They are putting up the panels today.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Drools

Beat uva. That is all.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

rough comparison
Edit: refer to pajokie's below

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner
(STOP CRYING ABOUT DOWNVOTES)

~

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

This is incredible. Can't wait to see it finished. Terror dome just got more terrorier

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I say move to old scoreboard to the top of the south stands.

Bucky Hodges is open

Hopefully the "HOKIES" sign will resurface somewhere
just like the
"Home of the fighting Gobbblers" sign
great stuff! ~ GO HOKIES!!!
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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Seeing the lines painted on the field gets me pumped.

"I love it when a plan comes together!"
John 'Hannibal' Smith

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Beat uva. That is all.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

I didn't even notice you filming that.

Mr Ed? ... is that you?
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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

1000 turkey leg club for Box!

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Now I feel like a man.

Just a matter of time before its Sept 7 and the Hokies come out to Enter Sandman with a 1-0 record and 66233* screaming Hokie fans losing their minds.

66,000*

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I'm sure he's implying the other 1,233 will be Caramount fans :)

We put the K in Kwality

I always forget that the other team sometimes has fans in Lane!

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Some Lane Stadium trivia... Lane Stadium now officially seats 65,632. IIRC, sections of the outdoor club seats were renovated to be bigger in width than standard bleacher spacing for more spectator comfort, therefore reducing the total count.

66233 was easy to remember, since 66/2=33. Now it's just a figure I've burned into my memory.

I'm actually really sad to hear that. I've had 66,000 ingrained in my mind for so long

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Scoreboard Here is another pic of the scoreboard.

EDIT: Just another photo of the scoreboard, didn't realize others had posted basically the same image haha

Everyone in the top half of the stadium might as well just turn and watch the Jumbotron. All the players would appear bigger than if they watch the field.

"These people are losing their minds" - Mike Patrick

Depends on the camera angle, but you are correct that they will be larger than they appear from their respective seats.

Anyone else really really excited about having the 3rd quarter burger scramble up on that massive board?

Ljbranson

Oh god I hadn't thought about that yet....

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I totally forgot about that! I am now thoroughly excited

Didn't they change it to the chicken tender shuffle? Or do I have that backwards?

I believe you are correct. the burger shuffle was so easy it wasnt even entertaining. Then the chicken tender shuffle came out and I started to get them wrong...

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I'd like to continue my 1 year undefeated streak in the Chicken Tender Shuffle into this season

Hard to see through the scaffolding and catwalks but they are making some good progress in Cassell as well.

so is the screen still projected to be done in time for the home opener?

I edited my post way above so if it got lost, here is the update:

The board will be finished and fired up for the first time on Monday Aug 19. Testing will be done all throughout the week. Considering it looks like they still have work to be done, they will probably be working through the weekend to get this done as this is the date Panasonic has set apparently.

Today is the day! I'd love to see some pictures of the board up and running!

I second that devotion!
I think it should be required that the first sound check should be BLASTING ENTER SANDMAN!!!!!
Without question. (with Bill Roth's "Touchdown Tech!" as a backup) ~8)
GO HOKIES!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I'd really like to find out what time they are testing it so I can meander into the stadium and check it out

#BEATBAMA

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Ill be living in WAJ so hopefully I can hear it from my dorm. And I plan on stopping by to check it out.

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Anybody ever notice this about the shape of the Borth endzone stands?
GO HOKIES!!!
(and I think the who?'s counter is stucl)

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I actually have noticed that. Although I've always just seen the VT in the 2 rightmost sections.

I always noticed it on the right, but it clearly works with the whole stand as well.

I'm happy I'm not the only one who's noticed this. I've always noticed but I never said anything out of fear of looking stupid 8-)

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Borth... +1

Borth... +1

... -1

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Anyone go check out the scoreboard today? Or walk by to see how far they are?

I didn't see if they turned it on. As far as I could see from behind the scoreboard, right now they are just doing a lot of wiring.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

via hokiesports:

new scoreboard test

in other words...

YES!

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

I've never been so excited to see pixels in my life.

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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Just finished running the stairs on the east side for the 1st time (I'm going to be dead for the next couple days), and they weren't doing testing any of the time I was out there, but standing underneath the north stands and looking up at it really gives you a feel for just how huge it is.

Courtesy of Mr. Bitter's Twitter (which sounds inappropriate, now that I read it):

Scoreboard Panels

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

It look like it may have changed- the original had 2 video screens.

How bout this?

GO HOKIES!
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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

H-YEAH! Now if they wanted to build that in with some backlit LEDs that run 365 nights a year, I wouldn't argue with that...

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

Crap is that big. Look at the guys in the lift for a sense of scale.

#Hokies

Does anyone know if they are sticking to the design that was originally tweeted? I can only hope they didn't...

@vtscottyb

I was wondering the same thing. They should have a contest or a vote.

Agreed... I'll always prefer the old scoreboard rear design; it was so graphical and iconic. The new proposal is just a mess, graphically speaking. No hierarchy to the text, the photo thing is just tacky (with the obviously awesome exception of putting the horse a treadmill on it) and a rip-off of a similar thing they did for Tennessee, so it isn't even original:

Neyland UT

This for me (class of 2010) will always be the iconic image I have of Lane.

Classic

Getting rid of the rich, bold typography that gleamed in the sunset and replacing it with a bland attempt to display our history instead of building on it is a mistake. I'd be willing to look into alternatives, but the RFP illustrations ain't it.

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

The graphics made the rear side much more interesting that the front. (mikky D arches notwithstanding)
I have faith they will (eventually) create something with paralleled significance! GO HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

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I screen-capped this from the Hokies Football instagram. You can see how big this is in relation to the players from the edge of the practice field. Such a monster.

Ljbranson

Their Instagram account has a picture of them doing a video test:

and if you watch the end of one of the clips they posted you can see a second or two of the test running (it's even reflected in the windows in the West Stands):

Glad to see they've integrated the standard athletic font above the scoreboard. Feels more modern and less generic. Plus no more Golden Arches! Hooray!

This is a Wyatt Teller sized screen!

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I would like to petition that for the next week and a half the new screen should loop our 1998 beatdown of #$ecbama.

Also, would accept a 24/7 loop of "38-0" and/or ML crying.

2015...that's the year, gents

#whitness

A friend of mine of Facebook posted a pic of lane at night where the only outside light was the score board and it lit the whole damn stadium up. Things gonna be bright and loud

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When I had to go back on campus Thursday night, the whole place was lit up from the scoreboard, all I could think is damn these players are gonna go blind if we ever have a night game.

They were testing it yesterday afternoon and I could hear it at my apartment on Harrell street like my neighbor had music on, this thing is a monster.

Went into lane stadium Thursday night.. Took a few pics. This one is behind North.

This one is on the field. That board is insanely bright..

That thing must be blinding. They're going to have to turn it completely off if we're on offense going towards the North.

That's the test screen most likely and it probably has the brightness turned all the way up to stress test it. It'll be bright but not blinding

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I drove by the stadium today and the back paneling is probably 95% complete now.

Can you tell yet what they are going to do on the back. Either pictures like the renderings or go back to a big "HOKIES"?

theres nothing on the back yet. the video board is working perfectly though lacking paneling on the sides. it was playing highlight videos during the welcome back picnic this afternoon

VT CEE Class of 2016

"Exit Light. Enter night..."

Not quite perfectly, there was a small section that was showing the wrong image. Hard to tell from a distance, but pretty obvious up close (read: band seats). It'll just take some tweaking to get it 100% accurate

RIP Stick It In

OMG

Benefit #1 of being a Civil Engineering Student at VT. Get to take field trips to Lane on the second day of class:


And it looks like they decided to go with "Home of the Hokies" on the backside, just bigger and better!

Logan 3:16

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These people are losing their minds!

But the renderings have "Home of the Hokies" on the back? I guess the only thing not in the know is whether or not they will add the images.
Renderings

The letters were multiple sizes unlike in the depiction (similar to the old style). In addition, the letters were LARGE. Those smaller letters were about waist height, but the letters that composed the HOKIES were easily over 7 feet tall each, I've got a picture of the S in Hokies and it is big. Although there were some pieces that looked like they may later hold pictures, currently they were entirely white and placed right next to the letters. Since they have a special finish on them, I sort of doubt that they'd add pictures to the scoreboard, but they may just keep them white like currently..

Logan 3:16

as evidenced by bitter, the letters are very underwhelming in size. I am curious to see what takes up the back, it won't be just lettering.

Huge "HOKIES"? The rendering had everything the same size, but apparently that's not the case.

Yeah... I think it's just the sheer size of the scoreboard that really has just trumped the lettering. After looking at the first bit put up, the HOKIES part will be larger, but nothing in comparison to how the old scoreboard looked. The new board is just that big...

Logan 3:16

(Being a CE from Tech gets even better...but that's pretty sweet!)

I'm a man! I'm 41!
Hokie thru and thru.

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you lost me at "HO"

I hope they are writing
"Holding space until big letters arrive"
and 7' H on a 60 foot plus board is
still pretty small - OH NO

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Underwhelming indeed. At this point the Hokies better be pretty big and some graphics or something. Otherwise I could see them trying to use that space for advertising even though its only seen when you are walking to the game from that way.

Its going to have a big addy for Stop in or some bulldozer company or something.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Valley Towing

FUCK Valley Towing

Everyone walking from this direction is hammered. Waste of ad money

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

Everyone walking in from every direction is hammered...

Oh, yes please.

Please

Looks pretty much to be shaping up to be exactly the render

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It should just say "GOBBLE GOBBLE BITCHES"

Yeah, no brainer, but even still it's not that big. I haven't heard anything on what's going there but I'd imagine they have to put something, otherwise it is a bit disappointing.

Again it looks just like the render. Will be the big VT in between those probably if it holds true

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Thats just it though, it's going to take a very large VT to make it look right. I just think they could have gone a little bigger.

Oh I definitely agree. I really like the initial renderings. Even with the pictures but I don't know that I'd want that type of image

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Thanks for posting ...
Compared to the old graphics this is painfully disappointing.

If the plan is to still add video screens, (which does not appear to be the case)
Let's hope they do the trick!
Many wild horses on many treadmills!!!

GO HOKIES!!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

hmmm- was dissapointed in the design in the rendering ....
it is evolving into a complete eyesore- someone STOP THEM!!!!
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Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I see. If they are really going to put pictures on there, they should at least put pictures of the opposing team's best players up each week.

Agreed. All I can say is:

Family Guy Ipecac

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

Since they've already covered the whole back I doubt they will be video screens. The pics from the renderings really do suck. At very least make it of players and teams we actually recognize.

With past excellent designs such as the football locker rooms, the press boxes, south endzone etc etc etc... the bar has been set VERY HIGH in terms of design for HOKIE sports... this design surpasses disapointment and is a complete and utter travesty. At best, all we can hope for now is that it is some sick, cruel joke! Seriously.

GO HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Just remember, everyone looks terrible in the middle of a haircut. I'll wait to see the completed design before passing judgment. The effect the new board has in terms of video playback and audio should also play heavily into the decision of whether or not it is a travesty, I think.

I was thinking the same thing. You don't look at someone creating a sculpture who is halfway done and say that it's horrible. You wait until they are done. They still have work to do to finish it up.

Yeah ...maybe you are right....
a

GO HOKIES!!!!

(although she did eventually start dating a HOKIE fan... so ..maybe)

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Who was that?

Let me put it this way...
brittany"Go HOKIES!"- Brittany Spears, 2013

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Haha my mistake I know who THAT is. I was curious who the Hokie fan she was dating is.

Also, I oppose the "ITS BIGGER and ITS LOUDER!- so, Who really cares what it looks like!!!" sentiment... Let's pray for a (few) miracle(s) this week!!!!1 GO HOKIES!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

As for the complaining about the "old" pictures on the back of the scoreboard....VPI did play football prior to 1993. There is a history to the team, I mean, this is our 120th season.
And, chosing just 2 people or images to plaster on the back would be too difficult to narrow down, causing just as much debate and probably similar results. I don't have any issues with the proposed back honestly.
(And they "retired" the fighting gobbler at the end of last season, thus the helmets we wore in the bowl game.)

I'm a man! I'm 41!
Hokie thru and thru.

Any image used should be iconic in nature. This narrows the possibilities down immensely and nothing proposed as of yet qualifies as 'iconic' imo. (including horse on a treadmill, dare I say...so sorry) GO HOKIES - hopefully the rear of the scoreboard will be the biggest letdown of this season!!!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I just realized today that my friend is the one putting up the letters and big VT logo on the back of the scoreboard. He says that he's not putting anything up on either side of the VT (just the corrugated metal is there) and hasn't seen anything about that. If they are putting other stuff up there, they aren't going through his company. So it looks like there will either be a ton of open space, or they're going through another company.

worst case scenario just about realized as described above. Thanks for the info... anyone know any graffitti artists? GO HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I cant wait to see the new finished model

Lol I think tech is really trying to emphasize the old t in the V logo is out and the VT logo is in!

I'm fine with it and glad they didn't do something over-the-top and gaudy looking, I just thought with the architectural/design strength of our university, it would be more than just a big maroon wall.

Remember - our sports marketing is always underwhelming and, unfortunately, the university doesn't do much work with the in-house, top notch Architecture school which always baffled me and my architect buddy.

You can do anything "real" with architecture schools. They will design you a fallic tower structure made of titanium and pure black marble that costs $567,000,000,998,880,090.23.

being an Architecure school has no bearing on VT projects (besides having thousands of designer alumni to critique the s%!t out of it.) The problem with the rear of the board is merely a lack of effort to make something nice. Negative influences, such as: Time, $, politics, etc. had minimal impact on the end result. The goal was: 'BIG and LOUD' and everything else, especially the design, was merely an afterthought. I truly believe the rear side will eventually be salvaged, and I must admit, I can't wait to see the front side in ACTION! GO HOKIES Shock the WORLD!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Per the beamerball twitter this is the finished product
Let the complaining flow. I personally like it and am just fine with it

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I mean I'm fine with it, but I still like the back of the old board better...

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Indeed. It feels a little bare on the back, but it's fine. In the end it's the big ass screen and new sound system we really care about.

A friend told me to change the emphasis any time someone said "adjective ass noun" to "adjective ass-noun." Makes big ass screen into big ass-screen. Makes these descriptions 1000x better in my opinion. I giggle each time like:

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Oh the hours I wasted study time reading xkcd in college

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That's exactly where my friend got it from!

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

They probably ran out of money

They probably didn't run out of money, but it likely got value engineered down to a simplified graphic due to the original design coming in over budget. The back face was likely seen as the least important and was the first to get dumbed down.

On the bright side, it is done for now but plenty of available space for future graphics. Once more money becomes available (next year, etc.), there is plenty of space to add images of horses on treadmills in the future.

The thing is everyone... the last time I was at a football game I was looking at the part thats on the inside of the stadium that the scoreboard is actually used for, not the back of the scoreboard on the outside

@CaptKirkVT10

This argument makes WAY too much sense

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Architecture....form follows function. All the working parts face the stadium. That said, yeah, it's kind of booring. (sigh) I still think that it would have been better to have a closeup of Corey Moore's eyes, with "Welcome to the Terror Dome" superimposed on the picture.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

It's simple, that's fine. They can change it up later without too much expense if they decide to do something else.

Here's a thought...what if they start putting our accolades on the back of the board? A list of the ACC championships and then move on to the national championships that we will win? Would people be so upset with that on the back? They designed it so that they can change the back at any time rather than the old board where the letters were part of the panels themselves.

Good call. I like that idea. Put some banners or pennants up there from ACC Championships and bowl wins and that could look cool.

Like a lot of the posters stated above, although the back looks a little bare now, it does leave some options for the future, so that's very good. I wouldn't mind seeing them put an orange border around the outside of the board, like they had on the rendering posted at the top. I think that could be an easy and possibly inexpensive addition that would add some pop.

#38-0 #BrewerBall

If you are old enough to remember... the back of the old scorebaord had nothing on it for five+ years. The graphics were an awesome upgrade ~ years later. The VT logo does help to balance out the small type a bit, so I do feel the end result has saved face for now. Bu,t it is still BEGGING for an upgrade (within the 5 years for sure) and I have faith that it will eventually be something that makes the HOKIE NATION beam with HOKIE PRIDE~!!!!! GO HOKIES!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

If you are old enough to remember... the back of the old scorebaord had nothing on it for five+ years. The graphics were an awesome upgrade ~ years later. The VT logo does help to balance out the small type a bit, so I do feel the result has saved face for now. Bu,t it is still BEGGING for an upgrade (within the 5 years for sure) and I have faith that it will eventually be something that makes the HOKIE NATION beam with HOKIE PRIDE~!!!!! GO HOKIES!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I agree it would nice to list championships on it.

I don't see why everyone is complaining about the back of the new scoreboard. I mean seriously guys

a. The only time I would ever notice it was walking towards the stadium into the back gate.
b. It's not like they put turkey tracks, or something stupid all over it. It's pretty standard, recognizable VT stuff.
c. Why is it such a big deal given a and b?