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Rental cost of upgraded Wantland video scoreboard may leave Edmond football in the dark

By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: May 7, 2014

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium will again be home in the fall for Edmond high school football games. What isn’t known is whether thousands of fans will get to enjoy the awe factor of a new video scoreboard.

Members of the school board renewed a contract Monday to rent the stadium for $7,250 per game. That includes 15 home games and subsequent playoff games, if the teams qualify. Superintendent David Goin said the contract had not changed in the past four years.

Edmond North High School, Edmond Santa Fe High School and Edmond Memorial High School play home varsity football games at Wantland. In addition to using the extra parking and seating of Wantland, the schools have used the video scoreboard. That feature shows replays of big plays and other game atmosphere.

Edmond Public Schools Athletic Director Mike Nunley said the schools have paid an extra $900 per game for use of the video scoreboard. That included some eight to nine people from UCO operating the equipment.

Nunley said UCO is in the process of purchasing a new video system. Nunley called the old video system “antiquated” and said it had some technical glitches.

Mike Kirk of UCO confirmed the university is in the process of adding a new video system.

Nunley said he understands the new system will be a technical upgrade, and the district’s use of it, should the school board opt for that, would cost $1,750 per game.

Board members Jamie Underwood and Kathleen Duncan asked Nunley if approval of the contract meant the school was also committing to spending $1,750 for the video system. Nunley said the contract did not. He also informed the board the contract did allow the high schools to use the basic scoreboard.

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