Daktronics was asked by Western Kentucky University (WKU) to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for L.T. Smith Stadium for football as well as two LED video displays for Diddle Arena for basketball. The installation will begin this spring to have the displays up and running for events in 2018.
“The new video boards at both of our venues will bring the most updated technology to our fans,” said Craig Biggs, WKU’s associate athletic director of facilities and administration. “We strive to bring the fans the best in-game experience and these upgrades will do that. We have had an over 25-year working partnership with Daktronics and they are the best in the business with their products and service. We look forward to continuing that partnership on this project and more in the future.”
The new end zone display for football will measure 32.5 feet high by 70 feet wide featuring a 15HD pixel layout. The new corner displays for basketball will measure 18 feet high by 44 feet wide featuring 10-millimeter line spacing. They will bring crisp, clear imagery with wide-angle visibility to fans in every seat at each venue.
These displays will feature variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple windows to show all of the content fans crave, including live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.
“The new displays for WKU will bring their fan experience to the next level,” said Kyle Adams, Daktronics regional manager. “The upgrade at football, basketball and soccer with LED technology and new audio system will give flexibility and ‘wow factor’ to all Hilltoppers events.”
Diddle Arena will receive a custom audio system from Daktronics. The audio system will be integrated with the video and scoring system to provide full-range sound reproduction while delivering clear and intelligible speech. This powerful system will combine with the displays to provide a dynamic audiovisual experience for Hilltopper fans.