Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, to design, manufacture and install a new video board and sound system at Memorial Stadium/Hawkins Field. The project is set to be completed this spring and will be fully operational for the 2020 football season.
Funding for the project came from a combination of athletics corporate partner revenues, private donations, other athletics surplus revenues, and athletics concession and other revenues from Sodexo, official dining and catering partner for Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“This is a critical next step in a series of necessary capital upgrades for our athletics program,” said Tim McMurray, Texas A&M University-Commerce director of athletics. This upgrade will allow us to dramatically improve our game-day experience for our fans during games and will be a big part of improving our football game presentation to highlight and further connect our student-athletes with our fan base. Our new structure will also be used year-round relative to recruiting, showcasing our Lion Sports Properties partners and enhanced community engagement.”
The new LED display will measure 25.2 feet high by 75.6 feet wide to bring 1,905 square feet of visual real estate to events held at the stadium. The LED portion of the scoreboard will feature a 15HD pixel layout, the premier technology for outdoor sports.
The new display will be located in the north end of Memorial Stadium, adjacent to the sparkling new Lion Football Champions Center, set to open in February. The new board will be capable of variable content zoning which allows it to show one large image or multiple different zones of content at the same time. It can feature live video, instant replays, statistics and game information, graphics and animations, sponsor messages, or any combination thereof.
Daktronics will also be including its powerful Show Control System with this installation. This industry-leading system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.