Ole Miss will hire an “outside technical consultant” to review construction bids received to build a new video board at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, athletic director Pete Boone said today.
Boone said four bids were being considered, ranging from $5.2 million to $7.7 million. He said the $2.5 million variation in bids prompted him to hire a consultant.
“We want to see why there’s such a big difference and what that means as far as construction quality,” Boone said. “We decided that a consultant trained in the construction field would be better able to answer that question. With something this big, you don’t want to make a mistake.”
Ole Miss plans to install an 84-foot wide by 48-foot tall high-definition video board to replace a smaller board that was installed in 1997. Construction, which will also include a new sound system at the stadium, will take about two months and should be complete in time for the Rebels’ football opener on Aug. 30 against Memphis, said John Hartwell, the finance director for the Ole Miss athletic department.
The four companies competing for the construction contract are Laurel-based Capturion, Daktronics, Texas Star Solutions and UltraVision LED.
Capturion installed the video board at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium last year, which cost $2.7 million.
TeleSouth is paying for the video board and consultant as part of its media rights agreement with the university. Hartwell would not name the consultant, but did say that “we made sure they had no financial ties to the companies that submitted bids.”