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Daktronics nine-display visual system enhances crowd experience at William & Mary

Nine displays totalling 1,000+ square feet of LED technology to entertain Tribe fans

To inform and entertain its fans, Daktronics has been selected by William & Mary to design, manufacture and install a nine-display centre-hung system at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Virginia, ahead of the autumn sports season. The centre-hung features more than 1,000 total square feet and 2.6 million pixels of digital display space.

The centre-hung consists of four main video displays, four corner displays and a lower ring display. Each of the main video displays measure 10 feet high by 16.5 feet wide while each of the corner displays measure 10 feet high by 5 feet wide as they fill the space between the main displays. The lower ring measures 2.5 feet high by 64 feet in circumference. All nine displays feature 5.9mm pixel layouts.

“We expected the video board to bring an improved experience for our student-athletes and fans, but the centre-hung board has greatly exceeded our expectations and has brought a new level of enjoyment to events in Kaplan Arena,” said Brian D Mann, William & Mary’s director of athletics. “The brilliant sharpness of the displays and the ability to show in-game highlights as well as recognize our sponsors, all confirm we made the right decision to go with Daktronics.”

Charley Bocklet, Daktronics region manager, added: “We are pleased to be part of this exciting renovation of the sporting event experience at Kaplan Arena. The fans and athletes have waited a long time for a first-class, full video centre-hung. The new system is sure to provide William & Mary fans enjoyment for years to come.”

The main displays are capable of variable content zoning which allows each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.

The corner displays and ring display allow the opportunity to highlight sponsors and partners throughout events. They can also show supplemental graphics and information to main video displays to keep fans engaged and entertained.

Daktronics also included a complete Show Control solution. This industry-leading 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.