The Charlotte 49ers’ Halton Arena will feature a new scoreboard next season.
The center-hung scoreboard, made by South Dakota-based Daktronics, will feature four square LED formations – each more than 9 feet high by 16½ feet high -- with a ring-shaped display above and one below the main displays.
At a cost of $900,000, the scoreboard is being paid for from private funds through gifts to the athletic department, according to a university athletic department spokesman. It will be installed this summer.
According to a news release from Daktronics, each main display is capable of variable content zoning, which allows each to show one large image or to be divided into separate zones. These zones can show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, animations and sponsorship messages.
Three auxiliary video displays (each 6 feet x 10 feet) will provide additional space for event promotion, live statistics and sponsorship messages. Also, two fixed-digit scoreboards are included, in addition to locker room clocks, shot clocks and auxiliary clocks.
“We are thrilled to be able to enhance the atmosphere in Halton Arena and to deliver a larger-than-life, in-game experience to Niner Nation,” Charlotte athletics director Judy Rose said .
The 49ers’ men’s soccer team will open its season Aug. 29 at Transamerica Field. Charlotte’s schedule features nine opponents who played in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Schedule:
Aug. 29, Hofstra.
Sept. 2, Central Florida; 4, Rutgers, 13, Coastal Carolina; 17, at Old Dominion; 20, at UNC Wilmington; 24, Florida International; 27, at Winthrop.
Oct. 1, at Kentucky; 8, New Mexico; 11, at Clemson; 18, at Virginia Tech; 22, Ala.-Birmingham; 26, at South Carolina; 29, Florida Atlantic.
Nov. 1, Appalachian State; 4, at Marshall; Nov. 9-13, Conference USA tournament (at Huntington, W.Va.).
Merton Hanks was named Conference USA’s senior associate commissioner in charge of football and baseball operations. Hanks, a former defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers, comes to C-USA after 13 seasons in the NFL office, most recently as vice-president of football operations and and compliance.
Nick Booker, who started on Davidson's 2002 NCAA tournament team, is the Wildcats' new director of basketball operations, a source told the Observer. Booker has been an assistant at California-Irvine for the past six seasons and replaces Abe Woldeslassie, an assistant at Sienna.
Royals hired Denise Brolly as its women's soccer coach. Brolly was the coach at Barry (Fla.) the past three seasons.