| The new Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets scoreboard/video board will be more than two times the size of the current scoreboard. The scoreboard will debut at next weekend's homecoming football game.
Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket fans attending the Swarm Day football matchup next week with Western State will get much more than a great game; they will also get the first view of the University’s new scoreboard/video board – the largest outdoor one in the state.
Three giant three-ton steel beams are up and more than 100 cubic yards of cement weighing 200 tons have been poured to make way for the arrival of the highly anticipated scoreboard. The new video/scoreboard, engineered and installed by Daktronics of Brookings, will be more than two times the size of the current scoreboard at Lyle Hare Stadium.
The stadium’s newest addition will be up in time for the homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.
The scoreboard’s dimensions of 39 feet wide and 41 feet high make it the largest outdoor scoreboard/video board of its kind in the state of South Dakota.
The new scoreboard is part of Phase I of renovations to BHSU’s Lyle Hare Stadium – the newest and most extensive renovation in the stadium’s 53-year history.
Construction began earlier this summer to transform the natural grass field into a state-of-the-art artificial turf. The team will play its first game on the new field at the home opener Saturday against Colorado School of Mines.
Jhett Albers, BHSU director of athletics, said the field’s improvements are beneficial to the entire University and surrounding community, noting specifically the improved safety. The new turf has a shock-pad mat system under the artificial grass that provides a more stable and safer playing field, he said.
Another benefit to the University is its sustainability, ease of upkeep, and the reduced cost of not having to cut, water or paint the field, Albers said.
| Fun Facts:
The scoreboard foundation includes:
- 100 cubic yards of cement
- 200 tons
- 42-feet long
- 13-feet wide
- 1 inch of rebar every foot
- three, 3-ton steel beams that are 42 feet tall.
The entire renovation project includes two separate phases of upgrades.
Phase 2, estimated at nearly $2 million, will be the addition or remodeling of the stadium press box and area surrounding the bleachers. Fundraising for this phase will be a continuous effort, and the BHSU Athletic Department is hopeful to secure the funding to move forward with this project within the next few years.
Albers described the overwhelming support for the renovation and believes the decision to make the upgrades will not only provide endless benefits to the student-athletes but also create a more dynamic fan experience on game day for all Yellow Jacket supporters.
“In the end we are still a small community, and it's great to work together to improve upon the existing facility and provide a top class venue for the University and community of Spearfish to share.”