Images of a gigantic, light-up Nittany Lion logo that will be installed on both of the new Beaver Stadium scoreboards this summer hit social media yesterday, and…damn, that’s cool.
Some specifics: The logos are 40 feet wide, 28 feet high, 18 inches thick, and weigh three tons. According to info from OPP Communications Director Paul Ruskin, they’re equipped with 1,400 LED lights that will be visible from miles away. The 50,000-hour lifespan of the lights mean they wouldn’t burn out until the end of 2019 if they were left on nonstop (which won’t happen, because they’ll be turned off every night at midnight). Construction on the north scoreboard began yesterday, the south scoreboard will be modified in June, and they’ll both be done for the start of James Franklin’s first season.
Bunting Graphics oversaw the development of the logos, devoting anywhere from six to 12 people a day for three or four weeks to design it, according to architectural metals supervisor Eugene Hepler. He said the logos’ state of-the-art lighting will be visible from both sides. Here’s one in the warehouse:
The logos are so big, Hepler said, that they were shipped to State College from the Pittsburgh area in four pieces and required an oversize load permit.
We can rest easy knowing these giants were made with care. Hepler’s daughter, Amy, graduated from Penn State this past weekend, and several others involved with the project have Penn State ties.
“I am hoping that they are very well-received, being a proud father of a PSU graduate,” Hepler said. “There’s a lot of personal pride in that stuff from our company.”
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: The north scoreboard is finished, and it’s looking good.