College Football, Daktronics Integrate Scoring, Video Systems

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Hundreds of thousands of college football fans around the country are enjoying game-day Saturdays this fall even more with the installation of many new Daktronics scoring and video systems.

This year’s new starting lineup includes systems for the following football programs and venues:

- Appalachian State University – Kidd Brewer Stadium
- Brigham Young University – LaVell Edwards Stadium
- Campbell University – Campbell Football Stadium
- Harvard University – Harvard Stadium
- Jacksonville University – Milne Field
- Florida State University – Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
- Kent State University – Dix Stadium
- Missouri State University – Plaster Sports Complex
- Northwestern Oklahoma State University – Ranger Field
- Northwestern State University (Louisiana) – Rags Turpin Stadium
- Pittsburg State University – Carnie Smith Stadium
- Rutgers University – Rutgers Stadium
- Southwest Minnesota State University – Mattke Field
- Texas Christian University – Amon G. Carter Stadium
- Towson University – Johnny Unitas Stadium
- University of Delaware – Delaware Stadium
- University of Mississippi – Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field
- University of Oklahoma – Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at Owen Field
- University of Sioux Falls – Sanford Health Sports Complex
- University of Tulsa – H.A. Chapman Stadium
- University of Wyoming – Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
- U.S. Military Academy – Michie Stadium
- Valparaiso University – Brown Field
- Ventura College – Sports Complex
- Virginia Tech – Lane Stadium/Worsham Field
- Washington State University – Clarence D. Martin Stadium

The University of Oklahoma introduced their fans to one of the largest LED video screens in the world at their home opener on August 30. The new end zone scoreboard measures approximately 32 feet high by 166 feet wide, equipped with Daktronics’ latest HD-X LED video technology. A fully-digital design with super-wide aspect ratio allows for great flexibility.

“We have heard nothing but positive feedback from our fans on the clarity and picture quality of our new LED boards,” said Brandon Meier, Executive Director of Video Production, University of Oklahoma. “The new HD-16 technology and our new HD video control room have made a huge difference in our game atmosphere and our ability to entertain and inform our fans.”

“The new board is not just a videoboard,” Meier said. “We now have much more flexibility to use a variety of different display modes. We use full screen video, two-thirds video and true HD 16x9 throughout the game depending on the situation.”

In addition, two new sideline ribbon boards, each more than 300 feet long, keep fans informed and entertained while recognizing corporate partners. “The fascia boards have made a huge impact on the atmosphere of our games,” Meier said. “Our fans really react to our in-game situational animations and it’s nice to have out-of-town scores and team and player statistics displayed throughout the entire game.”

Perennial Division II football powerhouse Pittsburg State followed suit this fall with a new high resolution video board. The new design of the main scoreboard is a trend more schools are following. There are no fixed digit sections dedicated to showing scores and times on the Gorilla’s new “JungleTron”. Their new scoreboard is a fully digital canvas, on which the scores, game times, stats, graphics and video can be programmed and displayed to show in any area, in any size, in any color, on the screen.

“This new video display is an exciting enhancement not only for our football team and for our games, but also for the total game-day atmosphere at Pittsburg State University, which remains second-to-none,” said Pitt State Athletic Director Chuck Broyles. “This project will benefit not only our football program, but our track and field program as well. Other university departments and organizations as well as additional outside events will benefit from its use.”

Pittsburg State also upgraded its sound system in the football stadium, opting for a new Sportsound 2000 system developed by Daktronics to provide high quality audio to complement the high resolution video system.

For more information on Daktronics product/services, visit www.daktronics.com.

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