New digital scoreboard installed at Aiken High stadium
9 June 2017
Hagood Stadium will have a new addition starting next season. The Aiken High Booster Club's push to have a digital scoreboard installed at the stadium and a video board in the gymnasium at the James A. Taylor Activities Center took another step forward Wednesday when workers put the final touches on the installation of the newest addition to the football stadium.
The scoreboard is 14 feet by 48 feet in size and is completely digital. The goal is for it to not only provide Aiken High with the opportunity to enhance the game environment, but will allow students to get involved in new activities like video production, marketing and operating the scoreboard, according to booster club president Wendell Edwards.
“We've got the marketing class involved to run the advertising and stuff,” Edwards said. “They'll get real world experience from this. They want to learn the media side of it.”
The booster club is still looking for sponsors to advertise on the scoreboard, which will not only be utilized for all high school sporting events, but the pee wee football and middle school football games that takes place at the stadium as well.
The money from advertising will offset the cost of purchasing the board and installing it. All other money raised will go to athletics. The new board will allow the athletics department to save time and money. The idea is to get away from the cost of printing off the large metal signs that will cut into advertising revenue and can only be used for a season.
The video board in the gymnasium has not yet ben installed, but it will be 4 feet by 7½ feet and operate in a similar fashion, but it will only be for video and advertising.
“We're going to be able to better showcase the athletes and their success on the board,” Edwards said.