Scoreboard/Video display screens set for MSU

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ A gift from the Henry Mize Foundation of Tupelo will provide Mississippi State University with new scoreboards and video display screens at its basketball and baseball facilities, Director of Athletics Larry Templeton announced Friday.

The gift, in honor of the late Henry Mize of Booneville, Miss., has made possible the $1.8 million projects in the Humphrey Coliseum and at Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium.

"Uncle Henry loved attending Mississippi State athletic events," Buzzy Mize, executor of the Mize estate, said. "He always said we should have something similar to the jumbotron in football at the coliseum and at Dudy Noble. This gift is what he wished for his university."

The four-sided board in Humphrey Coliseum will measure nearly 23 feet tall and 19 feet wide. The video screen itself will measure almost nine feet tall by more than 10 feet wide, and will display on all four sides. The scoreboard will feature running foul and point totals for the five players on the floor, in addition to the standard elements of time, score, time outs and team fouls. The board will also include advertising panels and an area at the bottom of the board to display a short news item.

The new basketball scoreboard and video display screen will hang from the ceiling in the middle of the coliseum, and will serve in addition to the current scoreboards already in place. It will be installed following the completion of the 2003-04 season.

The baseball version measures 55 feet wide and more than 47 feet tall. The display screen shows video on a 15 foot, five inch by nearly 21-foot panel. Standard scoreboard elements and advertising are also included on the baseball board. Construction of a control room to facilitate both boards and wiring to the baseball board are currently underway, with completion of the project expected early in the '04 MSU baseball season.

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