The University of Iowa chose new LED video technology from Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota. Daktronics will install the display upgrade at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena is the home of the University of Iowa’s men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s gymnastics. Daktronics manufacture the system this summer before installing. The system design conforms to the original designs by Anthony James Partners.
“Carver-Hawkeye Arena remains one of the great college athletic venues, and we are excited to work with Daktronics on upgrading our scoreboards,” said UI director of athletics Gary Barta. “Adding state-of-the-art video and audio equipment will make the student-athlete and fan experience even greater. Hawkeye fans make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a special place and these enhancements will no doubt bolster the environment moving forward.”
The centerpiece of the upcoming installation will be a new four-sided centerhung video system. The two main centerhung displays will measure about 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide. The other two centerhung displays will be 9.5 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. These centerhung displays will feature a tight 6-millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility.
These displays can employ variable content zoning which allows them to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones. The division of the display into multiple zones can highlight any combination of live video, game information, instant replays, statistics, animations, and sponsorship messages.
Daktronics will install two auxiliary displays at each end of the arena as part of the upgrade. Two will measure about 9.5 feet high by 80 feet wide, and the other two will be 9.5 feet high by 48 feet wide. An additional sideline display will measure 3 feet high by 9 feet wide. The installation also includes a total of eight digital scorer’s tables, each measuring 2 feet high by 9 feet wide. The scorer tables can be arranged in any formation the arena desires. The five auxiliary displays and eight digital scorer’s tables will offer 10-millimeter line spacing. Like the other displays of the installation, the auxiliary displays are also capable of variable content zoning.
“We appreciate the opportunity to once again partner with the University of Iowa,” said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. “This is an exciting new installation which includes a centerhung being installed for the first time in Carver-Hawkeye Arena that not only highlights our state-of-the-art technology but also our depth of engineering expertise. This new system will enhance an already great game-day environment, and we look forward to seeing the system installed later this summer.”