Atlanta Hawks Welcoming Fans to State Farm Arena with New Exterior Daktronics Displays
Three-sided marquee and two parking displays were added to the venue to connect with audiences as they arrive
BROOKINGS, S.D. – April 13, 2022 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena to engineer a new three-sided marquee display and two parking deck displays to the exterior of the venue in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The installation is currently taking place and will be lit up to communicate with audiences as soon as this spring.
“As downtown continues its evolution with two world-class sports and entertainment facilities and the development of Centennial Yards, we are thrilled at the addition of these new pieces that we believe will become signature landmarks downtown,” Hawks and State Farm Arena CEO Steve Koonin said. “By any metric, State Farm Arena is one of the top arenas in the world and its new marquee will bring the incredible feel and energy from within the building to the outside in breathtaking fashion. The spectacular board will complement it all with the bright lights and visuals reminiscent of Times Square.”
The new three-sided marquee is located directly above the underground MARTA station at the State Farm Arena stop on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. It features three sides to deliver messaging to fans and viewers headed in all directions.
Two sides of the marquee measure 42 feet high by 30 feet wide and one side measures 42 feet high by 18 feet wide. These displays combine for 2.9 million LEDs and 3,276 square feet of high-definition digital space to share upcoming events, partnership information and more. The content can be unique to each side or can stretch around all three sides as one large image.
“Bringing the excitement from inside the building to the exterior is an exciting next step in the enhancements to State Farm Arena,” said Brent Stevens, Daktronics professional sports manager. “It’s great to be involved in this project as it showcases our company’s engineering capabilities and how venues can capitalize on those capabilities combined with our LED technology to improve the experience for their fans and audiences. Being a partner with State Farm Arena and helping them transform the area around the arena is exciting to be a part of and we look forward to watching how the area comes to life over the next few years.”
At the parking deck of the arena, two new displays will also welcome audiences. A circular display will measure 20.5 feet in diameter and a wrap display will measure 36 feet high by 138 feet wide. These displays add an additional 4.8 million LEDs and 5,385 square feet of digital signage to the exterior of the venue.
“These incredible new displays will provide our brand partners and advertisers with a tremendous opportunity to reach the 20+ million visitors that spend time in downtown Atlanta each year with highly visible and attractive content,” said Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Saltzman.
All displays feature 10-millimeter pixel spacing to deliver clear, crisp imagery to audiences as they come and go near State Farm Arena.
Daktronics has grown with the sports industry from the company’s beginnings in 1968. Today, the company has integrated LED super systems in nearly 60 percent of all professional sports facilities in the United States and Canada. For more information on what Daktronics can provide, visit www.daktronics.com/professionalsports.
About the Atlanta Hawks
Committed to entertaining and uniting the city of Atlanta since 1968, the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena, under the leadership of Principal Owners Tony Ressler and Jami Gertz, continue to build bridges through basketball by following its True to Atlanta mantra. On the court, the Hawks’ exciting young core is led by All-Star point guard Trae Young as the organization received the NBA’s top ranking in overall in-game experience for the last two seasons. Off the court, the Hawks organization focuses on positively impacting the lives of Atlantans through providing access to youth basketball, fighting food insecurity, and the recent transformation of State Farm Arena into Georgia’s largest-ever voting precinct for the 2020 elections. The Hawks family also includes the College Park Skyhawks (NBA G League) and Hawks Talon Gaming Club (NBA 2K League). Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2022-23 regular season, is on sale now at www.hawks.com/membership or by calling 866-715-1500. For more information on the Hawks, log on to www.hawks.com or follow us on social media @ATLHawks.
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, audio systems and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.