If the old scoreboard in your gymnasium has reached the point that it must be replaced, don’t be too upset about having to buy a new one. It is a significant expense, but it also is a prime opportunity to modernize your gym. The resulting improvement will be well worth the investment—if you make smart purchasing decisions.
When buying a new scoreboard, these three tips can help you make a selection that will delight players and spectators and inspire pride in your school or institution.
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
The world of scoreboards has changed dramatically in the past several decades. When buying a scoreboard, you should insist on the following technologies:
- LED display. Light-emitting diode (LED) technology allows for better visibility of numbers than the hard-to-read series of incandescent bulbs that used to the standard for scoreboards. Besides being crisper at any size, LED can display numbers up to a size of three feet without any loss of clarity. LED is also cheaper to operate—using less than a third of the energy of incandescent bulbs, as well as having a much longer useful life.
- Wireless control. You no longer need to run cables from a control center to a scoreboard. New scoreboards should be able to be controlled wirelessly.
- Shatter-resistant polycarbonate faces. These strong, durable faces cover the scoreboard from end to end, sliding over the digits and internal components. With this covering, the need for protective screening is eliminated.
2. GET ADEQUATE FEATURES
Your new scoreboard system shouldn’t be limited to just time and score. It’s now cost-feasible to buy scoreboards that provide information such as individual statistics, fouls by player, total team fouls, time outs left, possession arrow, score by periods, and tenth-of-second timing for the final minute. Your old scoreboard may have provided some of this information, but the more data you can show fans, the better. Even at the high-school level, you can create a professional atmosphere with a scoreboard that gives fans all the numbers they want.
It’s also an advantage to have a scoreboard that’s easily adjustable between basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. The more information capability your scoreboard has, the easier this multi-use becomes. You should even make sure your new scoring system allows for multiple-event scoring, such as for two wrestling matches taking place at the same time.
3. THINK OF COMMUNICATION AND REVENUE POSSIBILITIES
You might be surprised to learn that arena-style videos and advertising are within your budget. Advances in digital technology, combined with LED and wireless capability, make message boards on your scoreboard a reasonable option. When making cost calculations, be sure to include anticipated revenue from advertising. Often, this revenue can make the scoreboard a moneymaker rather than an expense!
Technology has opened up the scoreboard possibilities that are available on limited budgets. When looking for a new scoreboard, don’t settle for the old status quo. You can get a scoreboard for your gym that wouldn’t have been possible for even Madison Square Garden 20 years ago. An experienced supplier of scoreboards can help guide you as your evaluate your choices.