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Did Georgia Need A New Scoreboard For Sanford Stadium?

A photo of Sanford Stadium taken by Jackson Fryburger

Did Georgia Need A New Scoreboard For Sanford Stadium?

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Did Georgia Need A New Scoreboard For Sanford Stadium?


The college football landscape is a competitive space, with every team racing to gain an edge in recruiting and home-field advantage through new facilities, uniforms, attractions, etc.

The University’s $63 million West End Zone project is currently underway, which includes the addition of a new video board (33% larger than the current screen), a pedestrian plaza and 120,000 square feet of new locker room space and above the locker room, a new recruiting lounge for visiting prospects. This proves Georgia’s administration is serious about keeping up and surpassing other program’s in terms of facilities and strength of venues – let’s not forget the new indoor practice facility as well.

Georgia has chosen to try and keep up with other schools like rival Auburn in gameday experience.  The Tigers added a gigantic video board for the 2015 football season, which creates an enormous distraction during home games.

In 2010, the Georgia Bulldogs upgraded from a traditional scoreboard with a smaller screen to what was thought to be a huge video board (pictured below). However, as teams like Auburn and South Carolina got bigger bells and whistles, it became apparent to Georgia that it needed a new or upgraded scoreboard.

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Georgia announced plans to build its new scoreboard last season, which might have been influenced by its trip to the Plains in November. As witnessed firsthand, Auburn’s scoreboard played a key role in creating a harsh environment late in the season for top teams like Georgia and Alabama. The Tigers beat both on the Plains and reached Atlanta for the SEC Championship. Ironically, the Tigers lost their next two big games away from the home-field advantage.

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Sep 12, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; General view of the stadium with the new video board prior to the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The new scoreboard for Sanford Stadium has been seen as a necessity for some fans, but others would like to see the money be spent elsewhere. Upgrades to the stadium WiFi and cell service have been mentioned by many, especially students.

The Georgia football team can benefit from a positive fan experience at the games and a louder crowd. Nothing may have been falling behind more than Georgia’s sound system, which was in dire need of a new upgrade. With the new video board and upgrades to the sound system, help is on the way.

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The new scoreboard has made a lot of progress. In fact, it is even close to being finished as opposed to where it was during G-Day.  Now, the scoreboard has been outfitted in grey with Georgia logos.

The new addition to Sanford Stadium is set to be complete before the first game kicks off with Austin Peay on September 1st.

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