Ford Stadium opener to show off new art, upgraded A/V

Ford Stadium aerial viewFans at SMU’s first 2010 home football game against UAB Sept. 11 will notice some big changes to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Among the most noticeable will be the new integrated video and audio system.

SMU’s new Daktronics videoboard measures approximately 32 feet high by 45 feet wide, and a new custom sound system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid- and high-range frequencies, and high-impact entertainment throughout the stadium.

Fans seated in Ford Stadium’s Club Level will notice new wall murals throughout the 3rd floor, and visitors to the Hall of Champions will see a room filled with tributes to some of SMU’s greatest champions.

Over the past four years, SMU has undertaken a $60 million facilities plan, building new venues and improving existing ones. The $13-million, 43,000-square foot Crum Basketball Center, a basketball-only practice facility adjacent to Moody Coliseum, opened in February 2008 and the Turpin Tennis Stadium opened in April 2008. Ground has been broken for the SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center and renovations to Moody Coliseum, which began in 2008 with the installation of a new $900,000 video board and redesigned court, continue.

The 2010 home slate consists of six games. SMU will begin Conference USA play at the UAB home opener.

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