CMU unveils new football scoreboard for 2019 season

A field view of the new Central Michigan videoboard, expected to be finished before the 2019 season.

A brand new videoboard and audio system designed by Daktronics is coming to Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Central Michigan Athletics announced.

The entire videoboard, which will be completed this summer and ready for the 2019 football season, is slated to measure 39 feet high by 120 feet wide. The actual LED display will be 32 feet high by 100 feet wide.

It will be located in the south end zone of the stadium, replacing a smaller and outdated scoreboard.

CMU Athletic Director Michael Alford said in a press release the addition of the videoboard and audio system will make Kelly/Shorts Stadium one of the top venues in college football.

"This upgrade will allow us to provide a first-class experience for our fans during games and will be a big part of our complete overhaul of the football game presentation," Alford said. "This structure will also be used year-round with recruiting, campus events and community engagement."

The LED portion of the scoreboard will have a 13HD pixel layout, just like the one used at Ford Field in Detroit. The custom audio system will feature 16 speakers.

CMU's press release said the videoboard has the capabilities to show live video, instant replay, statistics, game information, graphics and sponsorship messages. It also allows for using one large image or multiple different images at once.

Along with the videoboard and audio system, Daktronics is putting in its Show Control System – software to operate the board.

The north end zone scoreboard is expected to be torn down soon, Alford said. The north area of the stadium will remain an active construction site throughout the 2019 season due to the Chippewa Champions Alumni Center project.