Daktronics Enhances Experience at Children’s Mercy Park in Renewed Partnership with Sporting KC
BROOKINGS, S.D. – April 21, 2022 – Sporting Kansas City and Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) announced an extended partnership today, highlighted by the integration of Daktronics’ high-resolution 10 mm LED technology to upgrade the north videoboard at Children’s Mercy Park.
“We are so excited to bring Daktronics’ state-of-the-art videoboard technology into Children’s Mercy Park,” said Sporting Kansas City Director of Video and Stadium Production Stewart Pirani. “Our new videoboard on the north end of the venue has been designed to enhance the fan experience through groundbreaking HD technology to continue to make Children’s Mercy Park one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the country.”
“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Sporting KC to deliver their new video board at the stadium,” said Tony Mulder, Daktronics regional manager. “The display brings a new dynamic to matches and events held at Children’s Mercy Park and will elevate the experience for everyone for years to come.”
Founded in 1968, Daktronics has installed LED systems in nearly 60 percent of all professional sports facilities in the United States to further enhance the fan experience through informative and entertaining elements.
Sporting Kansas City first partnered with Daktronics in 2019 to introduce new LED field boards and a dynamic digital display in the southeast corner of Children’s Mercy Park. The technology solutions optimize the pitch perimeter to deliver an engaging visual experience that informs and entertains fans with synchronized content throughout Sporting KC home matches.
Prior to the 2022 season, Sporting Kansas City invested in Daktronics’ industry-leading technology – including new scoring and timing elements – to upgrade the videoboard above the Supporters’ Stand on the north end of Children’s Mercy Park. In addition to superior image quality with improved clarity and contrast across a range of viewing conditions, the new videoboard allows for a more immersive fan experience and provides increased flexibility for showcasing the club’s match presentation elements.
About Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is owned by Sporting Club, an entity comprised of local business and community leaders including the Patterson Family, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday, Robb Heineman and Patrick Mahomes. Sporting prides itself on a commitment and vision to provide high-performance experiences. Sporting Club purchased the team from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006, and under its direction has launched Swope Soccer Village, Children's Mercy Park, Compass Minerals Sporting Fields, Compass Minerals National Performance Center and Central Bank Sporting Complex while investing in the Sporting KC Academy and Sporting Kansas City II for developing local youth into homegrown talent. A charter member of Major League Soccer, Sporting are two-time MLS Cup champions (2000, 2013) and four-time winners of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017).
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.