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Giant video screen at Manatee High lifted into place Wednesday

BRADENTON -- The giant video screen at Manatee High School was lifted into place Wednesday, and should be ready for Friday's game against Riverview.

The giant screen was brought from a warehouse early Wednesday morning to Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium. A crane lifted the screen into place.

Installation was stalled earlier this week by high winds.

The screen should be live for Friday night's home football game against Riverview, said Manatee High booster Gene Brown.

"It's looking great," Brown said. "Everything's coming together."

The $235,000 project includes updating the stadium sound system, installing the video screen with spaces for advertisements

and adding spaces for advertisements around the existing scoreboard.

The project is paid for by donors and ad sponsors and did not cost the Manatee County School District anything.

Upkeep, insurance and liability for the video screen is being paid for by Manatee Broadcasters.

Any revenue will go back to the school.

The screen will also be available for other sporting and school events and graduation.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.