Watchfire Signs, a leading provider of exterior and interior LED signs, was selected by Stroud High School in Stroud, Okla., to provide digital video scoreboards for three of the school’s sports fields.
Stroud High School, a school of about 200 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, outfitted its baseball field with a 22’ x 26’ videoboard, its track field with a 14’ x 20’ videoboard, and its softball field with a 6’5” x 20’3” videoboard, creating a campus with exceptional branding and flexible messaging.
School administrators initially began searching for a scoreboard solution for its baseball field, and quickly realized that the other stadiums would also benefit from new scoreboards. Although administrators had seen video scoreboards at college facilities, they didn’t think they were within reach for a high school.
“We started investigating options and gathering quotes. When we did a cost-benefit analysis of our options, video scoreboards seemed to be the best choice,” said Joe Van Tuyl, superintendent of Stroud Public Schools. “The Watchfire videoboards gave us the ability to use the boards beyond just keeping score.”
“Watchfire provided a strong solution for our needs,” said Van Tuyl. “Watchfire’s support through the installation has been awesome.”
The boards were installed in the spring as sports were wrapping up for the year, and Van Tuyl says that the school will be focused on using the boards to their fullest this fall. He said that the boards stay on 24/7 to showcase the school logo and to be used for announcements on a large scale, in addition to scorekeeping.
The school also intends to train students to design content and help program content on the scoreboards.
Stroud Public Schools is focused on providing a high standard of excellence in academics, and strong extracurricular programs including athletics. “We are very fortunate to have quality facilities, and the videoboards add to the experience,” said Van Tuyl. “The video scoreboards make the students and fans feel like they’re at a big-time athletic venue.”
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