MANHATTAN — High-definition videoboards are coming to Bramlage Coliseum.
The new videoboards, which will hang from the center of K-State’s basketball arena in place of the current scoreboard, will be installed this fall, along with six additional LED displays and lighting and sound improvements. The enhancements are scheduled to be completed by October. They will cost $2.4 million.
“We are excited to announce these improvements to Bramlage Coliseum as we continue to provide The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12,” said K-State athletic director John Currie in a statement. “These additions will greatly enhance our gameday atmosphere at Bramlage, which is already one of the best in the Big 12 and in all of college basketball. We’re excited for all of K-State Nation to fill Bramlage in 2014-15 and experience these new enhancements.”
The new videoboard will feature four Panasonic screens, measuring 25 feet by 18 feet with 6mm high-definition display, that is four times larger than the existing videoboard, which is one of the oldest and smallest in the Big 12. Rings above and below the videoboard will provide room for statistics, crowd engagement and advertisements.
Six additional 6mm LED displays will be installed above seating on the North and South ends of the arena.
The arena’s sound system will be replaced with state-of-the-art audio equipment, including nearly 100 new loudspeakers that will produce 200,000 watts of amplification. A new lighting system will allow for special effects during pregame introductions and halftime shows.
They will be the first major improvements made to Bramlage Coliseum since the addition of loge boxes in 2007. The project will be privately funded by the athletic department.
“Our players and staff couldn’t be more excited about these updates to Bramlage Coliseum,” K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber said. “Obviously, when you make improvements to your facilities with new technology, it brings great energy to a program. It was the case with the basketball training facility a few years back and I’m sure it will be the same for our fans at Bramlage. We already have one of the top gameday atmospheres in the country and these improvements will only make it a more intimidating place for opponents.”