Northwestern State’s Turpin Stadium will have a dramatically enhanced game-day experience for Demon football games beginning this fall with installation of a new, much larger LED video display scoreboard, along with audio upgrades, according to Athletics Director Greg Burke.
Nearly $900,000 in sponsor commitments have been secured by NSU Athletics to cover the cost of the project. It was approved by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which includes NSU, and was endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Demons Unlimited Foundation, the non-profit fund-raising arm of NSU Athletics.
The latest Turpin Stadium upgrade comes on the heels of a $600,000 donation last year by former Demon football player Bryant Lewis and his wife Heloise that funded installation of new chairback seating and other enhancements.
The new video board’s LED display screen will be more than double the size of its predecessor, said Burke.
“I cannot wait until our home opener Sept. 16 to see how it will change the game-day experience for Demon fans and students,” said Burke. “What excites me most about this project is the infusion of enthusiasm it will create in our football locker room, as well as among our season ticket holders and fan base.”
Burke said the Turpin Stadium project is the first in a series of planned facility enhancements to the NSU Athletics complex, with others in earlier stages of development.
The new north end zone display will feature a 15HD pixel layout and measure approximately 17’x54’. The large digital canvas will provide excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the stadium.
Capable of variable content zoning, the new LED display can be used to show one large image or it can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.