Walton Arena gets new scoreboard ... with video screens

Updated: October 15, 2003, 9:15 AM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas basketball fans at Walton Arena will have a fresh view when they follow the score and stats this season. The venue is getting a new scoreboard that will also feature video screens for replays.

The scoreboard was being assembled on the arena floor on Tuesday and should be up and running by Friday's opening practice at Midnight Madness.

"It's really going to add to our arena, our atmosphere," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "I think it's good for us to continue to add to our facilities so we can be at the top."

Being replaced is the arena's original scoreboard from when the arena opened in 1993. The old board weighs 7,500 pounds; the new one checks in at 23,000 pounds.

The new scoreboard is 22 feet high, 23 feet wide and has four video screens. It also has electronic scrolls at the tops and bottoms of the panels.

The old scoreboard will go into storage.

"It's about time we got something like this," senior guard Charles Tatum said. "We'd go on the road and everybody seemed to have a Jumbotron; Ole Miss even had one. Now that we've finally got a big video board, it will make everything more interesting and fun."

Arkansas was among three of the 12 Southeastern Conference schools without video screens. Florida and Mississippi State remain without the amenity.

"This was probably the nicest basketball arena in the country, certainly for a college or university, 10 years ago," Walton Arena manager Fred Vorsanger said. "With this new scoreboard up, it will rank up there No. 1 again."

The university would not say how much the scoreboard cost, citing a confidentiality agreement with Daktronics Inc. of a Brookings, S.D., the company that provided and installed the board.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index