Beginning with the 2004-05 football, basketball and hockey seasons, UW-Madison sports enthusiasts will enjoy the finest in video replay and scoreboard technologies in Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center. The school announced Monday that Daktronics, Inc. has been chosen to provide integrated scoring and display systems for both facilities on the UW campus.
The new equipment replaces existing scoring and display equipment provided by Daktronics in the early 1990's. The value of the project exceeds $5 million with installation to be completed late this summer.
"The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is very pleased to continue our relationship with Daktronics as the provider of scoreboards for Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center," said Doug Beard Associate Athletic Director. "Our fans are in for a special treat beginning next season after the installation of these state-of-the-art video scoreboards and the Kohl Center ring beam. The creative capacities of these products are impressive, and we're pleased to partner up with the Daktronics staff to install these powerful boards. We're truly excited about the impact that these boards will have in greatly enhancing our fans' game day experience for football, basketball and hockey."
"The University of Wisconsin has a rich and storied athletic tradition," said Kirk Simet, sports system sales manager of Daktronics. "We are pleased that the University has again chosen Daktronics to upgrade Camp Randall and the Kohl Center with our latest scoring and display technologies to help continue that great tradition. These integrated video, scoring, information and advertising display systems will be among the most sophisticated of any at NCAA facilities, and will add even more excitement for fans at Badger football, basketball and hockey games."
Camp Randall Stadium patrons will enjoy the latest in large screen video technology on a scoreboard measuring 50-feet high and 170-feet wide. The main scoreboard, located at the north end of the facility, will be one of the largest football scoreboards at any NCAA football facility. It will incorporate a large full color ProStar video display and a large monochrome Amber Galaxy display, each measuring approximately 26 feet high by 49 feet wide. A unique feature of the main scoreboard will be its angled design, with outside sections angled toward the center section, helping to enclose the stadium's seating bowl. The main scoreboard also includes fixed digit scoring sections using LED technology, multiple sponsor panels and two camera platforms.
An auxiliary display, located at the southeast corner of the stadium, will feature another ProStar video display measuring approximately 13 feet high by 23 feet wide, mounted to the new office building. Another ProStar video display will be installed below the upper deck on the southwest side of the facility. As part of the integrated system, Daktronics will also provide smaller auxiliary scoreboards, delay of game timers, and locker room clocks.
For the Kohl Center, Daktronics has designed and will manufacture a unique center-hung scoreboard that incorporates eight rectangular full-color ProStar displays. Overall dimensions of the scoreboard are 24 feet in diameter by 23 feet in height. The four primary video screens will incorporate high resolution ProStar 10 mm pixel technology, each measuring approximately nine feet high by 15 feet wide. Wisconsin is one of the first schools to opt for high-resolution 10 mm pixel technology. Four additional full-color ProStar displays will be used for presenting game in progress information and other text, graphics, animation and video.
Daktronics popular ProAd technology, often called a ring beam or fascia display, will surround the entire arena, providing fans with additional information and excitement in full-color. The Kohl Center will be one of the first collegiate facilities to incorporate a 360-degree display system around the arena's seating bowl. The ProAd display will measure approximately two feet high by 850 feet in circumference.
The Kohl Center will also be one of a few collegiate facilities in the country and one of the first in the Big Ten Conference to install LED backboard lighting strips, which have recently been mandated by the NBA to assist officials and alert players when the shot clock or period time expires. The LED strips are mounted to the back of the backboard and illuminate in red when the clock reaches zero. Auxiliary LED scoreboards, game and shot clocks, goal lights for hockey and locker room clocks are also included in the integrated display system.
Daktronics will provide the front-end video system that will be used to produce and manage the video imagery and other content that will appear on the displays in both facilities. The production and control facility will be located in the Kohl Center and will use the latest in video control equipment, including Daktronics Venus 7000 and V-Play controllers, V-Link video processors.
About Daktronics, Inc.
The company has scoring and display equipment operating at hundreds of professional, collegiate and high school sports venues nationwide. Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is one of the worldiss largest suppliers of, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, large screen video displays and control systems. The Company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of complex multiple displays showing real time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in sport, business and transportation applications, and celebrated its 35th year in business in 2003. For more information, visit the Company's worldwide web site at http://www.daktronics.com.