Video board at KISD Stadium almost ready for some football

08/13/2014 12:29 PM

08/13/2014 12:30 PM

Work crews are putting the finishing touches on a new video board at Keller ISD Stadium.

Installation of the 24-foot-by-15-foot video board, cameras and control room should be completed early this month, said Bob DeJonge, athletic director.

Earlier this spring trustees approved $425,000 for the board and accompanying equipment from TS Sports of Dallas. The cost will be covered by six sponsors: David Hall State Farm Insurance, Dermatology Alliance-Keller, Freeman Buick of Grapevine, Miller Orthodontics, Orlando Roofing and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital at Alliance. Each business gets a 5-by-8-foot sign next to the video screen, along with video and scrolling announcements that will be featured during games.

DeJonge said that audio-visual technology teachers would be trained on the equipment first, then five to eight students from each high school would learn to run the digital cameras and board to work their school’s home games for 2014.

Later in August, DeJonge said the board may be used during some scrimmages for students to work out game time procedures. Students will record and edit video for quick replays, end of half recaps and game highlights.

Eventually, the video screens can be used to feature bands, drill teams, cheerleaders and fan interaction in addition to game action, De Jonge said.

“As students get more comfortable, they can use the board for band contests, soccer games, track meets and as part of stadium rentals,” he said.

Students in advanced audio-visual technology courses will also get some real-life experience to help them succeed in a future job or in the college setting, he said.

The first official home football game of the season is Central vs. L.D. Bell on Aug. 29.

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