Switch Your Thinking: Why is the Jumbotron on when the Stadium Seems Empty?
A: The Jumbotron in Neyland Stadium is a first-generation SONY product. SONY no longer manufactures video boards, which makes it very difficult to obtain parts and service assistance.
In fact, for the last three years, the Athletics Department has purchased scrap parts from other screens to keep it functioning. It became apparent this fall that should the screen be turned completely off, it may not be able to restart. As a result, the screen is always on at least in its sleep mode.
The times you see it turned on and showing video are either for testing or for recruiting purposes. It will remain in this state until the Spring Game on April 18.
The Athletic Department is looking at ways to remedy the problem.
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