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COLUMBIA - South Carolina basketball fans will find more than women's national championship and men's Final Four banners added to Colonial Life Arena next season.
USC has hired South Dakota-based electronics company Daktronics to design, manufacture and install a new center-hung scoreboard and ribbon displays, all of which are expected to be in place by the end of the summer.
"The technology and the video display quality of these new video and ribbon boards will make the in-venue experience at Colonial Life Arena the best in the nation," athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. "These new boards will make such a tremendous impact on our men's and women's basketball programs. It will be great for our student-athletes, coaches and fans."
The new scoreboard will feature four curved sides, each measuring approximately 12 feet high by 20 feet wide, all capable of showing a combination of video, replay, statistics, graphics and animation. Two smaller displays, each measuring four feet high by 15.5 feet wide, will attach to the bottom of the scoreboard and be angled toward courtside seats.
The new fully electronic scoreboard will replace the arena's current center-hung board, which includes one section for replays and video. The new video ribbon boards will be added to the fascia between the arena's upper and lower decks.
USC's women's basketball team won the program's first national championship this season, while the men's team reached the program's first Final Four. Colonial Life Arena, which seats 18,000, will also host the first and second rounds of the men's NCAA Tournament in 2019.
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