In a press conference on Monday, Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced a new project for the Thomas Assembly Center.
A high definition video board, customized sound system and a video board control room will be added by the start of the basketball season at a cost of $1.2 million.
“The state-of-the-art video display board will drastically change the game experience for our fans and student-athletes,” McClelland said. “We are excited to make such a major improvement to the Thomas Assembly Center, one of the most storied basketball venues in the country.”
The video board will be named Paul Millsap Vision presented by Community Trust Bank.
Paul Millsap is a former Tech basketball player, who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, and is a lead donor in this project.
Women’s basketball head coach Teresa Weatherspoon said she sees many benefits to this project.
“This incredible addition to our arena will give the fans a better insight into the game, our program and our student-athletes,” she said. “It’s great for recruiting. It will enhance the atmosphere at games. There are just so many reasons to be excited about this as we approach the season.”
The board will feature four LED video displays, two LED ribbon displays, and four courtside displays located in the corners.
The video control room is set to operate the video production in the Thomas Assembly Center and Joe Aillet Stadium.
Mike White, head coach for men’s basketball, said he was very thankful to the university and donors for helping this project come to fruition.
“I’d like to thank our administration for continuing to show tremendous support to our program,” he said. “This will be one of the newest and nicest video boards in the country, and my staff, players and I are extremely grateful to the financial supporters who made this vision a reality.”
McClelland said he appreciated the help of donors and is excited for the implementation of the video board.
“I look forward to seeing how this will enhance our game-day atmosphere,” he said. “Projects like this cannot happen without the help of great supporters.”
Daktronics will install the video board. American AVL will install the sound system and Media Support Group will install the control room.
McClelland said the project will be fully operational by early November and will be one of the premiere video boards in the country.
“There will not be a better video board in the country the day that it is installed,” McClelland said. “It is state-of-the-art. We will be very proud of it. We will showcase it.”
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