SEC Baseball Tournament Gets an Upgrade with Daktronics Software

BROOKINGS, S.D. – June 4, 2012 – Daktronics Inc., (Nasdaq – DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., took to the baseball diamond by providing DakStats® software in the control room for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Baseball Tournament from May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., home to Minor League Baseball’s Birmingham Barons.

The inclusion of the DakStats® software at Regions Park allowed for additional statistical data and graphics, such as automated scorecards, batter due-up, a strikeout meter, defensive positions, steal threats, runner-on-base, and season and day pitcher stats. It also allowed for game summary graphics indicating winning pitcher, losing pitcher, attendance and total game time, all shown on the two existing Daktronics LED displays. Some of these features gave operators time to prep for upcoming promotions since there was no need to manually pull statistics; once the operator finished scoring the play, stats were updated and graphics were altered in real-time.

“The SEC Baseball Tournament looked to Daktronics for the latest in video board technology,” said Craig Mattox, Assistant Commission, Southeastern Conference. “Our decision to bring in Bo Cordle [Freelance Event Producer] and his crew maximized our graphic assets and made it possible to provide accurate statistical information to our fans inside the venue. The overall fan experience at the SEC Baseball Tournament has been improved to a level it has never seen, and Daktronics has played a large part in that success.”

The DakStats® software automatically pulls the latest information to generate graphics for each batter. This feature allows for real-time graphics to be easily added into existing display layouts so that they are instantly updated and shown with no additional effort from the game-day operators.

At the SEC Baseball Tournament, the scorecard graphics displayed the result of a single player’s at-bat performance for that game, along with other statistics such as on-base information and defensive line-ups. This information allowed fans that were using their program for “keeping book” to double-check their work while following along with the game.

“The DakStats® software helped provide the fans with statistical information throughout the game, thereby improving their overall experience,” said Cordle. “It really enhanced the atmosphere, they were blown away by what we were capable of showing on the displays. It was, by all accounts, a resounding success.”

Per the SEC Sports website, the SEC Baseball Tournament follows a 10-team double elimination format modeled after the previous year’s tournament and the College World Series brackets. The tournament field includes the top teams from the SEC’s Eastern and Western divisions plus eight at-large bids based on conference winning percentage.