If you heard some very loud music Thursday or Friday near Michigan State University, you weren't listening to an overzealous party, but sound checks on new video boards at Spartan Stadium.
The $10 million project is nearly complete and capturing plenty of attention. The largest of the boards is about 5,300 square feet, that's larger than the basketball court at the Breslin Center.
"They heard some interesting music all over campus, but it sounded good, wherever they were at, it sounded good," Deputy Athletic Director Greg Ianni, said with a smile.
The university is putting the finishing touches on the boards and expects to wrap up work by August 10. The Spartan's first home game is August 31 versus Boise State.
"The same kind of entertainment value that you get when you go to Comerica Park, or you get when you go to Ford Field, that's the expectation that our fans have now and we're going to give that to them," Ianni said. "The combination of sight and sound is what we're trying to get, to generate that emotion, to generate that excitement when the team comes on the field."
"As a former player you didn't look too much at the scoreboards," former Spartan offensive tackle Rocco Cironi said, adding that he certainly will now.
"I think they're awesome," Cironi said. "They're a lot bigger than they used to be, it's going to bring a whole new perspective to Spartan Stadium."
MSU says the new system will give fans everything they would see at home, and more, three or four different angles during replays, statistics and in the action sound.
"There's a ten foot video wall that's going on the north end of the stadium and no one in the country has anything like that," Ianni said.
The wall will run from the northwest to the northeast corner and offer visitors more bang for their ticket buck, according to Ianni.
"Hopefully when they leave they'll say, wow, that was special," he said.