BISD to unveil fancy new scoreboard Thursday

28 August 2018

Sams Memorial Stadium is going high-definition, starting with Thursday’s preseason football opener between Hanna Early College High School and McAllen Memorial.

The game will be the first where the action is displayed live on the stadium’s new 65-foot scoreboard, a $1.5 million state-of-the-art marvel that features improved instant replay, live streaming, programmable advertising and all sorts of other innovations.

“It’s capable of many things, including it can go full-screen and put sponsorships where you want them,” said Luis G. Martinez, administrator of the Brownsville Independent School District’s instructional TV studio, KBSD, which will run the scoreboard. Martinez helped design technical aspects of the system.

The scoreboard is actually a giant computer screen that measures 33 feet, 7 1/4 inches tall by 65 feet, 1 inch wide. A high-end Mac computer powers the system, which has eight Tricaster 8000 camera inputs, a Tricaster 3 play replay system, a Tricaster scoreboard graphic pack, and Mac scoreboard screen operator software, according to specifications that Martinez provided.

The scoreboard also includes a full audio system that originates from the scoreboard. The speakers from the old system will be repurposed around BISD.

The system includes iPhone, Aux/CD player, and DVD player inputs, which will allow drill teams, bands and other users to bring theme or background music to the stadium for performances, plug it in and go. Additionally, the system has two video and two audio inputs on the home side, on both 20-yard lines and in the press box. It will accommodate up to six wireless video cameras with a range of 100 meters — great for graduations.

BISD officials said the scoreboard is the largest of its kind in Texas.