​Illinois State University Chooses Daktronics for Video Upgrade to Arena

Redbird Arena features new centerhung and ribbon displays​​​

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Jan. 8, 2016 – Redbird fans will have a new reason to cheer at events inside Redbird Arena in Normal, Illinois, as Illinois State University has partnered with Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display system. The new centerhung configuration and ribbon displays are scheduled to be installed and operational at the beginning of 2016.

"We've been fortunate to partner once again with Daktronics for new video and ribbon displays in Redbird Arena," said Peyton Deterding, Illinois State University assistant athletic director of facilities. "The addition of these two pieces provide a stunning upgrade and enhanced experience for fans during Redbird contests. As well, the increased flexibility for our corporate sponsors allows us the potential for expanded relationships with new and existing partners. We couldn't be more excited to add this new dimension to Redbird Athletics."

The four-sided centerhung system consists of four LED displays, each measuring more than 8 feet high by 14.5 feet wide and featuring 6 millimeter line spacing for crisp, clear imagery at wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in Redbird Arena. These displays feature variable content zoning which allows them each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and advertising or sponsorship messages.

Below the main displays, an LED ring display measure 3 feet high by 49 feet in circumference and feature 6 millimeter line spacing. Along the seating fascia of the facility, two new ribbon displays are installed, each measuring 3 feet high by 141 feet long. These displays are able to provide complimentary content to the main displays as well as providing the ability to highlight sponsors throughout events.

"We're excited to extend our partnership with Illinois State University from football to basketball for Redbirds athletics," said Joey Hulsebus, Daktronics sales representative. "The new displays will bring the excitement and atmosphere to another level for Redbird fans and their overall game-day experience. We're excited for the impact this system provides at university events."

In addition to the equipment installation, Illinois State University will also receive a bank of hours for the creation of digital content to be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services at the request of the Redbirds.

This will be the second installation on campus following the football displays that were installed in 2014. For more information on the football installation, read the news release.

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 Illinois State University

Established in 1857 as the first public university in Illinois, Illinois State University is located in Normal, Illinois, and has an enrollment of over 20,000. The Redbirds play in the Missouri Valley Conference in Division I of the NCAA. One of the few venues in the country that allows natural light through the Teflon roof, Redbird Arena has been the home to Redbird volleyball and men's and women's basketball since 1989. With an open concourse and great sightlines, fans are never far from the action which creates a memorable experience for both patrons and participants.