JONESBORO (8/6/11) – Arkansas State University has teamed up with Nucor-Yamato Steel to install a new state-of-the-art football filming tower on its practice fields. The A-State Athletics Department along with the support of ASU Facilities Management erected the tower, which features four levels and stands 51 feet tall, in time for the start of the Red Wolves' first fall-camp practice last Thursday.
The new filming tower is made completely of steel, all donated by Nucor-Yamato, and is both 20 feet wide and deep, giving the ASU video department a top-of-the-line structure to produce practice film for the Red Wolves' coaching staff and players. All four levels are spacious enough for numerous cameras, giving the video team every possible angle to get the highest quality shot desired. Railing surrounds each level and a staircase has been installed for easy access up and down the tower.
"This is absolutely a first-class facility that is as nice as any in the country, and it will provide us with some unique opportunities for our program," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee. "Nucor-Yamato Steel has been a special friend to Arkansas State University, and this would not have been possible without their great partnership. We certainly appreciate everything ASU Facilities has done to help make this happen as well."
Nucor-Yamato Steel's Controller, Keith Prevost, said the company had three different facilities involved in the project, including one that produced the steel for the columns, one that produced the steel for each deck and another that fabricated the steel used for the decking. Nucor-Yamato also donated the steel for the upper deck of the east side stands at ASU Stadium when they were constructed in 1991.
"The relationship with Nucor-Yamato and Arkansas State University has gone back for years, and we've worked together on other projects as well," said Prevost. "This is the first video tower that we're aware of that we've done, and I am very pleased with the final product. I knew it would look great, but it looks even better than I thought it would."
"Nucor-Yamato stands ready to support Arkansas State University," said Chad Utermark, Nucor-Yamato's Vice President and General Manager. "We look at it as a partnership and part of our family right here close. So we were glad to be able to help and support the building of this tower with the the supplies, and we're happy to see our beams here for this state-of-the-art facility."
The installation process took approximately six weeks to complete, and the actual construction was led by Rusty Stroud with ASU Facilities Management. The tower stands in place of the previous tower that was one level and made entirely of wood. Where the old structure utilized telephone poles as its four corner posts, the new tower has four sturdy steel beams that provide a secure foundation for each of the new levels.
The new tower is currently functional and in use, but additional upgrades are still in progress, including the installation of six high-powered lights on each side, painting and inclosure of the bottom level that will be used as a storage area for practice equipment.