Think your TV is big? Well, UT’s new one will be even bigger!

I am a bit behind on this story (at least I think I am) but still figured this is worth passing along.

In case you hadn’t heard, this weekend’s Orange and White Game will be the last for the Jumbotron at Neyland Stadium.  This change, however, is being driven by necessity, not vanity.

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Tennessee Jumbotron I: 1999 - 2009

When installed in 1999, the Sony video screen was the largest of its type in the country.  According to an article on “Tennessee Today” since that time Sony has discontinued producing video screens which has led to problems for the Jumbotron and the UT Athletic Department.  For the last three years, no replacement parts have been available for the screen and the UTAD has had to purchase scrap parts from other screens just to keep it running.  With a limited supply of parts, it has been difficult to service the aging video screen.

Then, after a screen malfunction in the Fall of 2008, fears arose that if the screen were turned completely off, it might be impossible to turn it back on.  It is for this reason that the screen has been left on in “sleep mode” constantly since the Fall of 2008.

Thus, after the 2009 Orange and White Game, the screen will be officially disconnected and removed from its perch above Neyland Stadium.

Not to fear, however, the screen will be replaced by an even more gargantuan 41 x 127 foot one (that’s 5,207 sq. ft.) which should be ready to go for the 5 September kickoff against Western Kentucky.  The new screen will rest on the existing stantions that support the current screen and, apparently, is being designed and installed by Anthony James Partners, a Virginia firm specializing in massive video screens.

Below are a few renderings of the new screen that recently made their way onto the web.  Whether they are accurate is hard to say, but I figured they are worth sharing:


Renderings of Tennessee’s New Jumbotron

— Click Images to Bigify —

I have to say that the design is impressive.  I especially like the decorative “T” iron work along the top.  Still, I hope that the final design includes the “VOLS”” sign that has graced the south endzone of the stadium since 1966.

A few shots of the “VOLS” sign through the years • L to R c. 1966, c. 1971, c. 1977-99

As for the old screen, if you’re in the market, I bet UT would make you deal on it.  Might look nice in your living room…

…or on top of it.

– So it goes …Email lawvol No McAlisters


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About the Author: "Lawvol" -- I'm just a guy living in North Carolina who has an unnatural fascination with the color orange. Just because I'm a Tennessee alum and die-hard Volunteer fan doesn't mean that I can't poke a little fun at the Big Orange and anybody else for that matter. Feel free to complain all you want. >> Read more from this author

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