Designed by former UO track star Tinker Hatfield, who graduated from Oregon with a degree in architecture and now works for Nike Inc., the eight individual panels that make up the “videoboard” are scheduled to be installed today.Runnerspace has video.
Once positioned and welded into place, the videoboard will rise five stories into the sky on the south end of the track. It was moved back and angled slightly from where the old scoreboard stood to better face the finish line.
The videoboard — built by Daktronics, a company based in South Dakota — will be supported by two lightning-yellow steel columns, with the screen measuring 30 feet long and 17 feet wide.
This is no Godzillatron -- it's downright puny compated to some Big 12 football scoreboards -- but if there's one thing a track fan is usually short on at a meet, it's useful information. I'd like to think the people at Oregon will know how to put this equipment to its best use.