IOWA CITY – The new, $9 million video and sound system at Kinnick Stadium is up and running.
It will give Iowa fans a better view of replays – including a few once considered too controversial to show – but one very important Hawkeye has made a request.
Coach Kirk Ferentz has asked that post-touchdown celebration clips be limited to several seconds, so that his staff can assess the situation.
It is, after all, a scoreboard.
“With all the excitement and video presentations, the coach still needs to see how much time is left, how many timeouts,” athletic director Gary Barta explained. “So, we’re going to have to experiment some with how we manage that.”
That’s one of the minor details still being worked out.
Barta also said the audio system will be improved, but technicians will continue to make tweaks throughout the season, in order to maximize the listening experience.
The south scoreboard has a total square footage of 3,968 when in full-screen mode. There are now two video boards on the north end of the stadium.
Roughly 100 replays are shown during a game. But in the past, some never made it to the screen, because of Big Ten Conference rules about showing plays that might be iffy.
“The Big Ten has loosened restrictions on controversial replays,” associate athletic director Rick Klatt said. “We were one of the schools that was pretty tight about following the guidelines, prior to this year.
“So I think what our fans are going to see in 2013 … is just about every replay. We’re going to open it up.”
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