Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, July 29, 2013

Illinois turned on its new video displays Friday for the first time at Memorial Stadium, and they all were met with rave reviews. The main scoreboard, located in the south end zone, is more than four times larger than the previous one (3,456 square feet vs. 858 square feet) and ranks in the top 25 among NCAA video displays.

The frame around the video board and the sound system aren't completely finished, however the school says everything will be ready in time for the season opener Aug. 31 vs. Southern Illinois.

The Illini also have added LED ribbon displays, each measuring more than 420 feet in length, to the east and west balconies, in addition to auxiliary video displays (17×10) to the southeast and northeast corners for fans who have an obstructed view of the main board.

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