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Daktronics to Provide Rice University Football with Video Display, Audio Façades

BROOKINGS, S.D. – June 27, 2016 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, announced today a partnership with Rice University and IMG College to provide a new main video display and audio façades at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. An audio façade is a unique application of Daktronics freeform LED elements in front of a speaker system. Rice University will be the second collegiate football venue in the nation to receive this technology and will feature the most square footage of this application at 580 square feet. The installation is slated for this summer to be fully operational for the 2016 college football season.

"This new audio and video platform is a game-changer for our fans," Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard said. "It represents a quantum leap forward in the fan experience at Rice Stadium, placing Rice at the forefront of the latest innovations in fan engagement from both a visual and audio standpoint as well as our overall video production capabilities. Our fans have been passionate about the need to dramatically upgrade these areas and we believe this installation is the kind of cutting-edge leap forward one associates with Rice University."

The main video display will measure 29 feet high by 49 feet wide and will feature a 13HD pixel layout for excellent image quality and contrast with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the stadium. It is capable of showing one large image or it can be divided into multiple windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Rice Stadium will also feature two acoustically transparent video displays in front of the venue's speaker systems. These freeform LED stick applications will each measure 29 feet high by 10 feet wide, effectively increasing the main video display size to 29 feet high by 69 feet wide. These displays provide additional video and graphics capabilities in a space commonly used for static mesh signage. They provide flexibility to show multiple sponsorship messages throughout an event or additional graphics to pump up the crowd at key moments during the game.

"We're happy to be partnering with Rice University to upgrade the video technology in their football stadium," said Dan Fjeldheim, Daktronics sales representative. "The main display will enhance the fan experience at every event and the new audio façade over their speaker system will provide an extra element to their game-day production that few schools have today. We're excited to see the completed project making an impact for Rice football games this season."

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.


About Rice University

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Rice competes in 16 NCAA Division I sports and is a member of Conference USA. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice's undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. To read "What they're saying about Rice," go to