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Case Study: University of Minnesota, MN

The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis gave Gopher football fans a highly visual upgrade with seven LED displays at Huntington Bank Stadium. Upgraded west end zone and auxiliary displays along with ribbon boards, a marquee and a club display combine for nearly 9,500 square feet of enhanced digital canvas featuring increased screen resolution and brightness at the University’s disposal for football games and other special events held at the stadium.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the in-venue experience for our fans,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Mike Wierzbicki. “With this project, we are able to add state-of-the-art enhancements and replace expiring technology as well. These additions will benefit everyone in the stadium, and we are excited to partner with Daktronics on this initiative. We know our fans will enjoy these added benefits.”

The main focal point in the west end zone is an upgraded LED video display measuring roughly 47 feet high by 107 feet wide. In the opposite end zone, the auxiliary display will expand to nearly 29 feet high by 49 feet wide. Both displays will feature 10-millimeter pixel spacing to deliver all the action-packed replays and live video Gopher football fans expect at a game. They will also use the variable content zoning capabilities to share any combination of statistics and game information, graphics and animations and sponsorship messages to fans throughout the stadium.

Surrounding fans with supplemental statistics, game information and messaging, three LED ribbon displays will grace the seating bowl. The main ribbons on the north and south fascia will feature a 15-millimeter pixel spacing, measure 3.5 feet high and combine for 319 feet wide while the west end zone main display will add a lower LED ribbon that features 10-millimeter pixel spacing and measures nearly 5 feet high by 107 feet wide.

Inside the stadium’s Club Cambria, a narrow pixel pitch display featuring a tight 1.9-millimeter pixel spacing will engage and entertain fans. Measuring nearly 8 feet high by 30 feet wide, this display will engage and entertain fans while providing them with an up-close viewing experience of the live action on the field.

Welcoming fans to Huntington Bank Stadium, an enhanced marquee display measuring nearly 47 feet high by 12 feet wide will be installed. Featuring a 15-millimeter pixel spacing, this display will share Minnesota branding, upcoming events and other messaging as needed by the University.

Daktronics will also be including a complete Show Control solution. This control system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a powerful yet user-friendly production solution.

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