Real Salt Lake Calls On Daktronics To Enhance LED Experience At Zions Bank Real Academy
Two displays installed, third display on its way to the new facility
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Oct. 2, 2017 – Real Salt Lake has continued a long-standing relationship with Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, for new LED displays at their facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah. Zions Bank Real Academy (ZBRA), a Herriman-based facility housing daily training activities for multiple soccer teams including Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs, is receiving two large displays as well as a pitch perimeter display at the facility.
In addition, Real Salt Lake has added six additional displays outside of their facility on State Street. Altogether, the displays bring a total 2,600 square feet of digital display space. The first displays were installed this past spring and the final display will finish being installed this fall.
"Daktronics manufactures a great product and their people have always been phenomenal to work with, which is why we are pleased to once again be partnering with them," said Craig Martin, general manager and vice president of stadium operations. "Brightening up Rio Tinto Stadium's frontage with six of their new 6-millimeter exterior displays will add to the stadium's overall dynamic, while also allowing us to provide incremental inventory for our corporate partners.
"In terms of the new state-of-the-art Zions Bank Real Academy, we chose various display types and sizes to complement the facility. Our patrons will see all of these very prominently whether they're inside the 210,000-square-foot indoor field house or in the new Zions Bank Stadium, home of the Real Monarchs."
ZBRA is bringing a big fan experience to events held at Zions Bank Stadium, home of the Real Monarchs. Two new LED displays featuring 13HD pixel layouts were installed in the spring of 2017. The main video display measures 13 feet high by 48 feet wide and a pitch perimeter display measures 2.5 feet high by 360 feet wide stretching along the boundaries of the field.
Additionally, at the indoor field house at ZBRA, an LED video display and scoring equipment will be installed this fall. The display will measure 19.5 feet high by 34.5 feet wide and will feature 15-millimeter line spacing while the three fixed-digit scoreboards will each measure 5 feet high by 10 feet wide.
"We're excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Real Salt Lake to provide new displays for the Zions Bank Real Academy," said Robin Hall, Daktronics regional sales manager. "This is an amazing facility that will bring an awesome personal experience to fans for the events. We're looking forward to a wonderful LED presentation."
Outside Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium, six new displays featuring 6-millimeter line spacing were installed this summer to bring additional awareness to upcoming events and sponsor messages. Four of these displays measure 7 feet high by 9.5 feet wide while two displays measure 6 feet high by 9.5 feet wide.
The main displays at the training facility are capable of variable content zoning to show one large image or multiple zones of live video, instant replays, scoring and statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. Venus Control Suite was included for these systems to help schedule and report content that ran on the displays.
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 Real Salt Lake and Zions Bank Real Academy
Real Salt Lake currently competes in its 13th Major League Soccer season in 2017, the Utah side seeking a return to the postseason for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The club's MLS Cup 2009 victory marked the state of Utah's only major professional championship in nearly 40 years, the title preceding a historic run to the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League Final. Buoyed by a passionate base now approaching 14,000+ season ticket holders, RSL has enjoyed a prominent home-field advantage since building its permanent Rio Tinto Stadium home in Sandy, boasting a 107-26-49 mark in the building since its opening in October, 2008.
Opening in August 2017, the Zions Bank Real Academy training campus arrives in Herriman, Utah, approximately 20 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. The $73 million facility – which includes five grass "TORO Fields" – will soon serve as the daily training home beginning in 2018 for both of the club's professional teams – RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) – while centralizing the club's U-19, U-17 and future U-15 development academy youth selections, under the supervision of Academy Director Martin Vasquez. The Herriman facility will provide adjacencies for an on-site charter school, in conjunction with the local Jordan School District, with STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 200 boys and girls.