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Beasley scoreboard ready for 2011-12 season

Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services, and Leo Udy, Beasley Coliseum. Music by WSU jazz group Nighthawk.
 
 
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University athletics’ new scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum is up and ready for the start of basketball season later this month.
 
The scoreboard features four large video screens, programmable videos and a digital message ring around the bottom that can be programmed on the fly.
 
The previous scoreboard was installed in 1992, said Leo Udy, director of Beasley Coliseum. As a result, “everything was out of date and no one made parts for it any longer.”
 
The decision to purchase a new scoreboard was precipitated in the spring when the board had a “major failure” during a game against Gonzaga and could not be brought back.
 
See demonstration video of new Beasley Coliseum scoreboard

Purchase of the $3 million scoreboard was approved in March by the university’s Board of Regents, and will be paid for through athletic department funds.

 
The scoreboard was manufactured by Daktronics, which also constructed the scoreboards at Martin Stadium, Bohler Gym, Bailey-Brayton Baseball Field, and the soccer field.
 
Installation of the board began in mid-August and was completed last week.
 
The WSU men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip off this season with the annual Midnight Mayhem at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Bohler Gym. The first home basketball game of the season will be WSU women vs. Seattle Pacific at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
 
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Other early season games for the Cougar men’s and women’s basketball teams include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 5 – Men’s exhibition game vs. Lewis-Clark State (TBA)
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 – Women’s exhibition game vs. Lewis-Clark State (1 p.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 – Women’s season opener at Penn State (3 p.m. PT)
  • Monday, Nov. 14 – Men’s season opener at Gonzaga (9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 – Men’s home opener vs. Sacramento State (TBA)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Women’s home opener vs. Gonzaga (8 p.m.)

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Source:
Leo Udy, director of Beasley Coliseum, 509-335-3748, udy@wsu.edu.
Media contact:
Darin Watkins, WSU News, 509-335-4456, darin.watkins@wsu.edu.