The University of Colorado will add two new digital video boards to the north and south ends of Folsom Field in time for the 2012 season if the Board of Regents approves the $7 million project at its Wednesday meeting.
The stadium currently uses boards that are 13 years old and feature outdated technology. The boards have malfunctioned numerous times on game days and during other events in recent years.
The new boards will fill the existing framework of the old boards 100 percent with video. The current boards only use about 40 percent of the available space for video. They were installed in 1999 at a cost of $3.6 million and had a 10-year life expectancy. The new boards are expected to last 12 years.
"The new boards will be a dramatic improvement in quality, quantity of video and the presentation will significantly enhance the fan experience exponentially," athletic director Mike Bohn said.
Boulder's notoriously high winds limit the size of the boards the school is able to use in the stadium.
A preliminary report included in the regents agenda for the meeting says the project also includes replacement of static advertising boards with digital boards, as well as a permanent control room in the stadium to control the boards.
A truck outside the stadium is used to operate the current boards.
"There was a void with our video presentation," Bohn said. "Our award-winning BuffVision staff does such a great job, but aspects associated with the enjoyment of the game weren't at a level we were happy with and we want our fans to be able to experience the game at its highest level.
"The improvements will dramatically change the presentation of video on game day."
Bohn noted the new boards will also enhance other events held in the stadium, including the Bolder Boulder, graduation ceremonies, Fourth of July celebrations, concerts, recruiting and even weddings and private parties for which the stadium club level is rented.
Bohn said the new boards will be paid for through a variety of auxiliary revenue sources, including advertising money from ads that appear on the boards during games, private donations, ticket revenue and conference distributions.
This is the first facilities upgrade at Folsom Field since 2003 when the east side expansion was completed, adding 1,903 club seats and 41 suites to the stadium at a cost of $42 million.
Bohn said the department and other campus officials are in the process of working on more facilities upgrades they hope to be able to announce this summer.
Numerous other Pac-12 schools have announced, or even started, major facilities upgrades with their football stadiums, including Arizona, Cal, Washington, Washington State and UCLA.