The facilities arms race in college athletics continues.
In its biggest unveiling since officially becoming a member of the Big Ten, Maryland announced on Thursday a series of upgrades to both the XFINITY Center and Byrd Stadium, some of which were depicted in photographs.
Take a look at what the athletic department released on Twitter:
LIVE LOOK: View of the new Videoboard from section 101 and court-side! pic.twitter.com/SXHXPwAhLw— Maryland Athletics (@umterps) August 28, 2014
According to a release from the department, the board measures "approximately 12.5 feet high by 33 feet wide" and features "two end displays measuring approximately 9 feet high by 16.5 feet wide." As can be seen above, the new screen can display one large image or be separated into sections to display separate images.
As for Byrd Stadium, it will be getting upgrades as well. Two LED ribbon displays will be installed, as well as a featured 15HD display major game information and two more message displays in the east end zone beneath the existing videoboard.
The athletic also department also promises to increase cellular connectivity at both Byrd and XFINITY with the addition of a distributed antennae system at both locations.
According to the release, the project will be funded by general athletic department revenue -- including ticket sales and sponsorships -- and will not use tax, tuition or general university dollars.