Not every school is a Power 5 NCAA school, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing what it takes to make game-day experiences more enjoyable for their guests.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines) in Rapid City, South Dakota, is welcoming a new LED video display at O’Harra Stadium as well as a new marquee display manufactured and installed by Daktronics. The new displays were installed before the start of the 2017 football season.
“Partnerships and branding with Daktronics elevates our game time experience for our fans and scholar-athletes,” said SD Mines Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “We couldn’t be happier with our scoreboard.”
The new display measures 20.5 feet high by 35 feet wide and features a 15HD pixel layout for excellent image clarity and contrast. It is capable of variable content zoning allowing it to show one large image or to show multiple zones of live video, instant replays, statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages.
Capable of full-color imagery and graphics, the school’s new marquee display measures 5.5 feet high by 12 feet wide with 15-millimeter line spacing to welcome fans and promote upcoming events and sponsors.
“Daktronics appreciates the opportunity to once again partner with SD Mines for these display upgrades at O’Harra Stadium,” said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. “This technology will help in taking the game-day environment to the next level. We look forward to the football season and the 2018 track season to see the impact of these displays.”
Additionally, a game clock/running clock will be installed for the football and track seasons measuring 4 feet high by 14 feet wide. Two play clocks will cap off the stadium’s upgrades to keep fans immersed in the action throughout each event.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929.