Northwestern video boards

This digitally-manipulated image provided by Northwestern University was created to show how Welsh-Ryan Area may look with with the addition of four high-definition video boards in the 62-year-old arena. (Northwestern University illustration) (Northwestern Umiversity / February 21, 2012)

Welsh-Ryan Area is going high-tech, with Northwestern adding four high-definition video boards to the 62-year-old arena.

NU fans attending basketball games, volleyball matches and wrestling meets will notice a center-hung two-sided display board covering 300 square feet. Boards mounted on the east and west walls will cover 238 square feet.

Installation will be completed by the fall, with a source telling the Tribune that a new court also will be installed by the fall to replace the purple-splashed one. And pads will be added to some bleachers for enhanced comfort.

The scoreboards were designed by AJP, which has engineered displays at arenas and/or stadiums at Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oregon, among others.