Bid process underway for new scoreboards at Mullins Center

  • An artist’s rendering of what a center-hung scoreboard could look like at the Mullins Center. COURTESY UMASS

Published: 11/2/2016 11:00:19 PM

If all goes according to plan, the Mullins Center could feature a new center-hung scoreboard as well as new scoreboards in each end zone for the 2017-18 season. Both would have high definition screens.

UMass has officially begun the bid process for contractors.

The Mullins Center scoreboards are part of a larger project within the building that will include a new roof and a removal of much of the batten — the poles, wires and pipes, etc. just inside the arena’s roof as well as a new roof itself. The roof is a separate bid process.

Bidding will take between 60-90 days. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said barring unforeseen roadblocks the installation could begin next year.

“We’ll see what the bids come back with based on the specs. I’m excited to get some info in and start to plan,” Bamford said. “I feel pretty optimistic about it.”

UMass has already moved its postseason banners for both basketball teams and the hockey program to the southwest wall of the building in anticipation of the work.

Included in the bid process is a video board at Garber Field, which is home to the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.

“That would have to be almost 100 percent fund-raised,” Bamford said.

The A.D. said UMass’ estimated cost for the scoreboard projects at both venues would be just under $3 million. But the Mullins Center could begin moving forward before Garber’s fundraising targets are reached.

Bamford said the Mullins project on its own would range from $1.5-1.75 million.

“That includes some contingency costs if we had to redo lighting based on the center hung,” he said. “We’ve built in costs that may not have to be. With the center-hung we can pay out over some time like we did with the boards we have now. Unless we get any major surprises, I think we’re in good shape based on what we’ve got for funding models.”

Bamford said money from the Atlantic 10 for technology enhancement, money from the NCAA and some donations could all be used as well.

There will be opportunity to sell sponsorships for the scoreboards as well, which would help defray costs.”

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