University of Massachusetts' McGuirk Stadium Receives New Audiovisual System from Daktronics
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Dec. 18, 2019 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, was selected by the University of Massachusetts to provide a new audiovisual system at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium and Garber Field on campus in Amherst.
The new system was installed at McGuirk Alumni Stadium ahead of the 2019 football season, while Garber Field will have its system in place and ready to entertain fans for the start of the 2020 lacrosse season.
"Both projects will have a long-term positive impact on our athletic department, fans who visit both venues and UMass students," said University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford. "The South End Zone project has given us some terrific entertainment space and the new HD video board and sound system has enhanced the fan experience inside McGuirk. We are thrilled to implement the same technology for our men's and women's lacrosse programs at Garber this season."
The new LED video display features a 13HD pixel layout and measures 20.4 feet high by 48 feet wide to bring high-definition imagery to fans throughout McGuirk Alumni Stadium. It features industry-leading environmental protection to ensure it is operational during wind, rain or sunshine.
"We're very pleased that the University of Massachusetts - Amherst has chosen Daktronics once again to provide this leading visual and audio solutions for their athletic venues," said Peter Dunkle, Daktronics sales representative. "These new systems will help the university staff produce an outstanding game production with broadcast quality."
The display is capable of variable content zoning allowing it to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replay, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.
A custom audio system was also installed at the stadium and integrated with the video and scoring system. It provides full-range sound reproduction and delivers clear and intelligible speech to create a powerful audio experience for all people in attendance.
As part of the project, Garber Field also received a new audiovisual system for the 2020 season. The LED display measures 14.5 feet high by 32.5 feet wide and features the same 13HD pixel layout with the same capabilities as the display at McGuirk Stadium.
Daktronics has grown with the sports industry from the company's beginnings in 1968. Today, the company has LED video display installations at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. For more information on what Daktronics can provide for the collegiate market, visit www.daktronics.com/college.
About UMass Athletics
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, an integral part of the University of Massachusetts' educational mission, is a comprehensive and nationally-recognized Division I athletics and campus recreation program which positively reflects the interests and values of the institution's students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who support its many endeavors. Through its core values of family, leadership, authentic, grit, service, heart, integrity and passion, the Department provides the leadership, resources and support to ensure all student-athletes receive the finest academic and athletic experience possible with a focus on its strategic priorities to educate, win, inspire and invest.