Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse University is set to debut its renovated Carrier Dome on Saturday, with one of the country’s largest center-hung scoreboards serving as a main attraction.
The school provided its first look at the scoreboard on social media on Thursday and it certainly looked to have the “wow factor” that Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack has promised.
Syracuse has said that it’s the second-largest indoor center-hung system in the United States and the third-largest indoor center-hung system in North America.
Scoreboard size has become the latest measuring stick for schools and teams as they try to build the most impressive facilities for players and fans. It’s sometimes difficult to know what criteria organizations are using when they are claiming to be the biggest, and what descriptions they are using to exclude others from their claim.
While it’s not immediately clear which criteria Syracuse used to determine its place in the pecking order, there’s no doubt the addition is impressive.
For comparison’s sake, here’s how the new Carrier Dome scoreboard stacks up against some of the country’s other largest center-hung scoreboards. In this case, they’re listed in order of the reported square footage.
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)
SoFi Stadium is a brand-new NFL stadium in Los Angeles that opened this month and is the home of the L.A. Chargers and L.A. Rams. The arena has a fairly transparent roof with open sides and one of the primary amenities is the country’s largest center-hung videoboard.
SoFi Stadium is considered an indoor-outdoor stadium, rather than an indoor stadium.
Named “The Oculus” and built by Samsung, the board is double-sided, oval-shaped and is bigger than the entire football field. It’s listed as having more than 70,000 square feet of video boards, more than three times the previous largest center-hung scoreboard.
It’s longer and wider than the entire football field. The board weighs approximately 2.2 million pounds and houses a 260-speaker sound system.
The Oculus took the prize for the largest videoboard away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Falcons’ videoboard, named the “Haloboard” isn’t center-hung but circles the Atlanta venue and is actually built into the roof. There are many colleges that have huge videoboards but none that command the center of attention like the one in the Carrier Dome.
AT&T Stadium (Dallas)
Better known as Jerry World, AT&T Stadium owns the country’s largest traditional center-hung scoreboard, the four-sided structure that has hung in the middle of the venue since 2013. Dallas’ stadium is also not considered indoors since the roof is retractable.
Built by Mitsubishi, the videoboard is a rectangle with the largest sides running 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall, a square footage of 11,520 feet each. Those boards stretch from one 20-yard-line to the other and each screen weighs approximately 1.2 million pounds.
The smaller sides, which face each of the end zones, run 51 feet wide and 29 feet tall with the screens taking up 1,439 square feet each.
Combined, the square footage is 23,040 feet. The board cost $40 million.
The new home of the Golden State Warriors opened last September and, given the team’s recent run of success, the building was turned into a palace befitting the Splash Brothers.
That includes their claim to owning the biggest center-hung scoreboard in the NBA.
Built by Samsung, the scoreboard has 9,699 square feet of visual display capabilities. The structure includes side displays, end displays, corner displays and a halo. All have video capabilities.
The largest screens are the side displays which run 57-feet and four inches wide by 34 feet and nine inches tall. The baseline displays run are 27 feet and 4 1/2 inches wide and 34 feet and 9 inches tall.
The scoreboard has the ability to run video on screens on the outside and inside of the structure and also includes a ring display around the top.
The New Jersey Devils and the Seton Hall Pirates claimed the largest center-hung scoreboard in an arena when they raised the 88,000-pound piece of equipment to the top of the Prudential Center in 2017.
Built by Trans-Lux, the scoreboard includes 9,584.9 square feet of video boards, including a frame around the top and a “barge” that drops below the primary screens.
While the entire scoreboard might check in with a substantially larger square footage than the Carrier Dome’s, the main displays appear to be just barely larger in square footage. They run approximately 49 feet wide and 27 feet tall. That makes it taller, but not as long as the Carrier Dome’s stated dimensions.
When the United Center debuted its new center-hung scoreboard earlier this year, it was billed as the largest in-arena scoreboard in a building that housed NHL and NBA teams. The building is the home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The arena website boasts that the scoreboard includes 8,600 square feet of displays. The $14.5 million device dispenses puffs of smoke and fog that can be used to welcome teams to the playing surface or celebrate goals and big moments.
The Carrier Dome is the only building on this list whose primary purpose is to serve a college program. According to Syracuse University, the new center-hung scoreboard covers 7,022 square feet.
It is one of the longest scoreboards on this list with four sides running a length of 60 feet and a height of 20 feet. Along with the main video boards, the device includes a 6-foot high ribbon board running underneath it and concave corners that are 10 feet wide and 20 feet high.
Syracuse will debut the scoreboard on Saturday when it faces Georgia Tech.
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