Illinois to add new video board

Illinois will install a new video board and sound system at Memorial Stadium in time for the 2013 season, the school announced on Wednesday.

The new video board will be located above the south end zone and will be 36 feet tall and 96 feet wide. That's four times larger than the current one. You can see a rendering of the new board here.

Directly below the main video display will be a new custom scoreboard that will show the score, timeouts left, down and distance, game time remaining and quarter information. An identical scoreboard without video display will be installed above the north end zone. A 50-foot-wide ribbon display under the scoreboard will be used for ads, stats and other information. There will also be two 420-foot ribbon displays between the seating decks on each side of the field.

Two additional displays will be installed in the southeast corner and southwest corner, with video screens measuring 10 feet by 17 feet.

"The new boards will bring HD quality video to our fans and will greatly enhance the game-day atmosphere," Illini athletic director Mike Thomas said in an official release. "In addition, our video displays and added ribbon boards will now be visible by almost every seat in the stadium and will allow us to provide more statistics, out-of-town scores and event information to everyone in attendance."

Daktronics, which is building the new video display boards for Illinois, will also install a new high-tech sound system in the stadium.

Workers began dismounting the current scoreboards on Monday. The new system is scheduled to be ready by this summer.

When we did our Big Ten stadium rankings this spring, Memorial Stadium checked in at No. 9 out of 12. It's good to see the Illini making some improvements to improve the fan experience at home games.