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Fans can check out the new scoreboard at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo Aug. 31st. Fans can check out the new scoreboard at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo Aug. 31st.
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The ongoing partnership between the Colorado State University System has provided a gift between sister schools, and football fans are sure to notice it this season at CSU-Pueblo.

The partnership funded the transfer of a video display board and sound system in Fort Collins to the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The Fort Collins board was updated with the stadium upgrade, which left school administrators wondering what to do with the fully functional one that would no longer be in use.

"Being able to put it to use within the CSU System to support CSU-Pueblo and its successful football program was an easy solution and one that the board was more than happy to accommodate," CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank said.

Fans will get to check out the three-story video board Thursday, Aug. 31st, when the the #12 ranked ThunderWolves take on #16 Colorado Mines.

CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda explains that the 48' by 28' Daktronics scoreboard, originally valued at more than $550,000 and now known as ThunderTron, will address issues he has heard through the years regarding the lack of instant replay and inadequate audio and video capabilities. The installation also came with a one-year service contract and training for CSU-Pueblo employees to ensure proper use.

The cost to deconstruct, transport and install the entire system added up to more than $512,000. The CSU System funded it entirely as well as providing an additional $124,000 for related equipment for the system.

According to CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet, the transfer of the scoreboard from CSU in Fort Collins to the ThunderBowl at CSU-Pueblo reflects the benefits of being partners in a higher education system.

"Our ability to leverage resources within a system is one of the many ways we are being fiscally responsible," Mottet said. "We are grateful to the CSU System for a gift that will improve our fan experience and allow the ThunderBowl to retain its reputation as one of the finest athletic facilities in Division II."

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