The long awaited debut of the 108-foot new score board in Lane Stadium wasn’t exactly smooth sailing.
During the third quarter of the football game against Western Carolina, the scoreboard, which is currently the eighth largest in college football, experienced technical difficulties until the end of the quarter.
According to Tom Gabbard, associate director of athletics, a breaker from the control room to the video board failed unexpectedly.
“We had been running tests and had power to the board for four to five weeks, so we were very surprised when the board glitched out,” Gabbard said, attributing the mishap to “Murphy’s Law.”
Once diagnostic tests were run and the cause of the issue was determined, the board was reset, and was up and running by the fourth quarter.
“We’ll wait for the next game and hopefully it won’t be an issue again,” Gabbard said.