HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The home of the Lincoln Memorial University basketball programs will be getting its most significant upgrade since its doors were opened in 1991, as a state-of-the-art scoreboard featuring video display capabilities is set to be installed inside of Tex Turner Arena this fall.
The newest addition to Tex Turner Arena -- already considered among the best basketball facilities at the NCAA Division II level -- was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the following companies and community members: DeRoyal Industries, Ball Realty & Auction (Roger Ball), Commercial Bank (Adam Robertson), Citizens Bank (Linda Fultz), Mars Properties (Sammy Mars), Powell Valley Electric (Randal Meyers) and Dr. Ron Dubin.
"On behalf of LMU Athletics, I would like to offer my most sincere thank you to the members of our community that made this project a reality," said LMU athletic director Matthew Green. "These individuals and businesses have always been committed to LMU, and this latest gesture is yet another heartfelt contribution to our institution and its athletic program. I'd also like to thank Dan Burns and Cameron Whicker for their hard work in making this dream a reality. We live in a wonderful community, and I cannot wait to see how this scoreboard impacts our area for years to come." The state-of-the-art scoreboard is four-sided with 10mm SMD LED displays measuring 8.4' x 12.6'. It also features a 26' x 12' diameter 10mm LED ring that wraps around the board's lower half. In its entirety, the board is 12.3 feet tall and 17.5 feet wide, and it will be hung from the center of Tex Turner Arena, directly over midcourt. The scoreboard itself will be virtual, allowing full-screen video and photos to be displayed during stoppages in play. "The addition of this LED scoreboard to Tex Turner Arena is a game changer not only for our basketball programs, but for the institution as a whole and community at-large," Green added. "Basketball fans, families of LMU and local high school graduates, medical and veterinary students, and community organizations will have the opportunity to utilize the display when hosting events at the arena. This new feature solidifies Tex Turner Arena as one of the top facilities in all of NCAA Division II." The board is on track to be installed by September.