Daktronics Installs New Centerhung Video Experience for Drexel University
Daskalakis Athletic Center now entertains men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling teams with 22 new LED displays and new audio system
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Feb. 1, 2023 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with Drexel University to manufacture and install 22 new LED displays and an indoor audio system at their Daskalakis Athletic Center on campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a venue that hosts men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling events. The installation, which features a five-display centerhung system, was completed ahead of the 2022 winter sports season.
“We were excited to continue our partnership with Daktronics when we added our new videoboard,” Drexel Director of Athletics Maisha Kelly said. “Daktronics is an industry leader in audiovisual systems and has provided Drexel with state-of-the-art video boards and sound systems in both the Daskalakis Athletic Center and at Vidas Field.
“The DAC renovations have made an immediate impact on our home events. Our in-game experience that our student-athletes and fans have at the DAC has improved exponentially. Game day at a Drexel athletic competition, whether in men’s basketball, women’s basketball or wrestling has become an event that students and fans want to be a part of.”
Keeping fans informed and entertained, the centerhung system totals nearly 900 square feet of digital display space with every display featuring a 5.9-millimeter pixel spacing. The two sideline-facing video displays each measure roughly 11.5 feet high by 21 feet wide and the two end-facing video displays each measure roughly 8 feet high by 13 feet wide. A lower ring display on the centerhung measures approximately 2.5 feet high by 74 feet in circumference.
The four main video displays are capable of variable content zoning which allows each display to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to share any combination of content including live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. The lower ring display can provide supplement information, statistics and graphics to support the main displays.
“Daktronics is proud to again partner with Drexel University on this game-changing renovation project at Dakalakis Athletic Center,” said Scott Willson, Daktronics sales representative. “We worked very closely with the Drexel team to design, manufacture and install a scoring, audio and video solution that really transformed the venue.
“The new centerhung and the multiple auxiliary LED displays are striking, the new sound system makes a huge impact on the energy levels in the arena, and Daktronics Show Control system allows the operators to pull everything together into a very professional and high energy show on game day.”
Along the sides of the arena, two ribbon displays were mounted to the seating fascia. Each display measures approximately 2.5 feet high by 33 feet wide. Additionally, 10 court-side scorers tables were included with the project. Each LED scorers table measures 2.5 feet high by nearly 10 feet wide and can be used in any end-to-end configuration as needed by Drexel Athletics. These ribbons and scorers tables can show similar information and graphics as the lower ring display while also providing the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events.
Four auxiliary displays were also installed at the arena. Each measures more than 5.5 feet high by 8 feet wide and can be used to share additional videos, graphics, animations and messaging to help create an immersive live event experience for Drexel fans.
The new audio system is integrated into the video and scoring system to provide a complete audiovisual experience for fans. The system provides full-range sound reproduction and delivers clear and intelligible speech for a powerful overall audio experience.
In addition to the equipment installation, Drexel University will also receive a content package that will be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services.
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 Drexel University
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel University is a nationally-ranked, comprehensive research university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through cooperative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 22,000 students, Drexel is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Drexel is a Carnegie R1 university committed to translational research and is poised to respond to novel opportunities for research, scholarship and technological development. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s top private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region.
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.