Thursday, May 3, 2012
FedEx donates $2.5 million for Liberty Bowl project
A $2.5 million donation provided to the University of Memphis by FedEx on Monday clears the way for the complete renovation of the video scoreboard and sound system at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The project, which will begin immediately, includes a 98’ x 48’ state-of-the-art video scoreboard to replace the current JumboTron in the south endzone, a 38’ x 10’ scoreboard to replace the small board in the north endzone, as well as an updated sound system that will replace the current speakers located on the roof of the press box. The new sound system will be built into the video scoreboard in the south endzone, extending the full size of the board to 106’ x 58.9’.
“Without this gift, the videoboard project for Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium would be no more than an idea,” said Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. “Now that idea has turned into a major advertising revenue stream for the department for years to come. FedEx has taken an idea and turned it into a reality. Fans will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art video and sound system that will rival the top scoreboards in the country. The game-day experience for spectators at the Liberty Bowl just took a monumental step forward.”
A deadline of August 2012 has been set for the entire system to be operational by the Tigers’ first home game against UT Martin on Sept. 1.
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