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Cotton Bowl to Get Another New Scoreboard

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At least, it's looking that way. On Monday, the Landmark Commission will discuss the installation of a scoreboard opposite the towering HD screen that looms over the south end zone. It's all but a done deal: In the few weeks since the proposal of a 17'-by-29' scoreboard in the north end zone first came up, it's been recommended for approval by the Fair Park task force and city staff, and it'll likely get through the Landmark Commission Monday, as it's on the consent agenda. (And if the commission gives its thumbs-up, it doesn't have to get the council's okee-doke to proceed with the installation.)

The State Fair of Texas says it's paying for the scoreboard, which will be made by the same company responsible for the high-def monolith. Officials say a new scoreboard became necessary after folks sitting in the south end zone said they couldn't see what the what was going on, especially during last year's Texas-OU. "If you're in the southeast or southwest corner, with the new upper deck they built last year you can't see the scoreboard," says Bob Hilbun, senior vice president of maintainence at the State Fair. "You have a hard time reading the message board, and you don't see any video at all, so this one will give everyone something to look at."

This moved fast: Hilburn says it "just came up a couple of months ago," and officials would like it installed in time for this year's Texas-OU game. As for how much the new scoreboard costs, well, Hilburn says he'll let State Fair president Errol McKoy answer that one. Alas, he's out of town.

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