SYCAMORE – Now they’re ready for some football in Spartan country.
Sycamore High School gained three new HD video boards this year, including an outdoor scoreboard with video replay capabilities, thanks to the Sycamore Sports Boosters.
Three boards were installed, one near the football field and outdoor track and two in the gymnasium. The indoor boards are 17 feet by 10 feet and 10-by-7, and the outdoor board is 25-by-13.
The boosters took on the project to replace the old football scoreboard and bought the new boards from ScoreVision, a startup company based in Omaha, Nebraska. The Spartans’ varsity squad opens its season at 7:15 p.m. Friday against Sterling.
Booster club board member David Coover said the group is paying for the $275,000 project using its reserve funds and financing, and advertising revenue from local business sponsorships will cover the cost in three years.
Then, the roughly $90,000 per year in advertising revenue will go toward other projects needed for Spartan athletics, Coover said.
The boards also provide an educational component for SpartanTV students who will operate them and produce commercials, sporting event hype videos and other content for display, he said.
“In theory, they could use the boards to stream an away game,” Coover said. “The possibilities are limited only by what we can think of; as word spreads on these, people are still coming up with ideas.”
The boards have a life expectancy of about 15 years, and yearly software updates can help keep them running smoothly, Coover said. They also are compatible with Apple TV, meaning community events and movie nights are possible as well, he said.
The outdoor board were first used during the Taste of Black and Gold event Friday, when the fall Spartan athletes were introduced.
Northwestern Medicine signed on as the title sponsor, Hobnobbers as the champion sponsor, and Hy-Vee, DeKalb-Sycamore Chevrolet, Sylvan Learning, and Heartland Bank as premier sponsors. Nineteen other businesses teamed up as elite sponsors.