I was curious about the sizes of jumbotrons in the SEC. I assumed
that the 74 by 30 foot screen Auburn installed in 2007 was among
the largest in the SEC. I was very wrong. Six SEC schools have installed
new video scoreboards since 2007, and five schools have at least
one screen larger than Auburn’s. However, Auburn and LSU are
tied with the highest resolution screens. Given that, I don’t
think Auburn has necessarily fallen behind in the jumbotron arms
race – especially since most of the larger screens have insane
aspect ratios which make over half the screen useless for anything
other than advertising. The following is a chart I made comparing
respective sizes of the screens in the SEC;
year, the federal government is spending approximately 9.7 billion
dollars per day to operate. Auburn spent 2.9 million dollars on
their 74x30’ jumbotron. If the senate voted to shut down the
entire government for a single day, and divert the funds to a new
jumbotron for Jordan-Hare; then, Auburn could purchase approximately
3,344 exact copies of their existing jumbotron, and use those to
form two giant screens , one for each end-zone, each measuring in
at 3.7 million square feet.
of the two screens would look like this;
small orange area at the bottom represents the size of the existing
74’ x 30’ jumbotron. The wide angle lens used in this
photograph makes the size a little deceiving. Here’s a picture
of the areas affected if the screens fell over.
get me wrong. These images aren’t meant to illustrate government
waste. I just wanted an excuse to photoshop a gigantic jumbotron.
If anything, I’m actually calling for more government spending
since I think these jumbotrons would be a great idea*. Please write
your senator today and tell them to increase next year’s budget
by 1/365 (or 0.27%) in order to purchase these jumbotrons for Auburn.
It will be a good thing since it will create new jobs. Any politician
against this plan is anti-jobs.
idea would be to use the 9.7 billion dollars to buy about 9.8 million
46” Samsung LCD HDTVs. You could tape those TVs together and
form 2.8 square miles of jumbotron. But, a jumbotron of that size
would be silly. Don’t embarrass yourself by asking some congressman
to buy you a 2.8 square mile jumbotron, because I can already think
of three or four pretty big logistical problems that would arise
when taping together 9.8 million TVs. Stick with the original plan.