FOOTBALL: Charlotte is adding a $100K-plus video board

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

PUNTA GORDA — After a couple of years of discussions, Charlotte High School finally pulled the trigger and is getting a new video board for its athletics programs.

The big screen will be 20 feet wide and 15 feet high and will also be portable, meaning it won’t be limited to just football.

“It’s going to have all the bells and whistles,” Charlotte athletic director Brian Nolan said. “We’ll also be able to take it over to the soccer field, and baseball and softball.”

According to Nolan, the video board cost “over $100,000”, and was fully funded by the Tarpons Boosters.

The athletic department will work in conjunction with its TV production program, as students will control the on-field cameras for the live stream of games on the big screen.

“It’s going to be a good hands-on experience for our students who are in our TV production classes,” Nolan said. “It’ll take us a little to get used to.”

Fans at Charlotte home games will be able to see replays, instant stat updates, and, of course, enhanced ways to see advertising.
The board is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 15, with the Tarpons’ first home game on Aug. 26 against Fort Lauderdale.

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