Georgia Tech Athletics in Atlanta has asked Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, to design, manufacture and install six new LED video displays. According to Daktronics, the installation is currently in progress and will be finished in early 2018.
The new technology will be installed at Georgia Tech’s Callaway Plaza, on the north exterior of Bobby Dodd Stadium, for football, Russ Chandler Stadium for baseball, Mewborn Field for softball, Byers Tennis Complex for outdoor courts, and O’Keefe Gymnasium for volleyball. The display for the baseball field replaces a 17-year-old Daktronics installation while the other venues will get LED video technology for the first time.
Daktronics Has a Long-running Relationship With Georgia Tech Athletics
“We have had Daktronics for over four decades,” said Assistant Athletic Director of Video and Broadcast Services Andy Blanton. “For Georgia Tech, to continue working with Daktronics means that we are aligning with a company committed to raising the bar in technology and innovation in the same way we have seen over at Mercedes Benz Stadium. I felt like they were a perfect fit to help us achieve our commitment to creating everyday champions and fan entertainment.”
At Edge-Rice Center, an additional display featuring narrow pixel pitch technology at 2.5-millimeter line spacing for extremely close viewing will be installed. This display will measure 8 feet tall by 14 feet wide. The Edge-Rice Center display will provide additional versatility for press conferences when it can be utilized as a backdrop and offer historical elements for visitors.
“The addition of new videoboards at five of our athletics venues will not only serve to provide an enhanced game-day experience for our student-athletes and fans but will also be an avenue to continue to tell the story and elevate the brand of Georgia Tech athletics,” director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “This project couldn’t happen without the generous support of everyone who invests in our Everyday Champions.”
New Main LED Displays to Provide Variable Content Zoning
The new display and surround structure for the baseball field and stands will be 31.5 feet high by 36 feet wide. The softball will measure 16.5 feet high by 22 feet wide, and tennis display will be 18.5 feet high by 26.5 feet wide. Each display will provide a 15HD pixel layout to deliver excellent image clarity and contrast to viewers. These primary displays offer variable content zoning which allows each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple windows for any mixture of live video, instant replays, sponsorship messages, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations.
“It is exciting to be able to continue our long-standing partnership with Georgia Tech Athletics across all of these wonderful venues in Midtown Atlanta,” said Glen Marts, Daktronics sales representative. “This campus-wide project will enhance the fan experience and provide visual aspects that weren’t available before. We’re looking forward to seeing the final results as these displays are installed and used this year.”
Georgia Tech Volleyball Arena Display to Feature 6mm Spacing
The volleyball arena display will measure 10.5 feet high and 23 feet wide and will feature a 6-millimeter line spacing, which is tighter than the other displays, and is need for closer viewing distances inside the gym. The display for Callaway Plaza and the football stadium will be massive at 31 feet high by 24 feet wide and will feature 10-millimeter line spacing.
The boards at Russ Chandler Stadium and Mewborn Field will be operational on Feb. 16 when Georgia Tech baseball and softball host their 2018 home openers against Minnesota and Nebraska, respectively. Also in February, when the Yellow Jackets hold their first outdoor meet of the 2018 season in February, the Byers Tennis complex videoboard will debut.
Daktronics also says it plans to install the displays at O’Keefe Gym and Callaway Plaza prior to the 2018 volleyball and football seasons.