LED Video Boards are Fan Favorites!

Flash Forward | Spring/Summer 2019
Mac Center LED Boards

Photo courtesy Daktronics


Golden Flashes fans enjoyed the new centerhung LED video boards and ribbon board that were installed at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center in time for the fall 2018 season.

“Enhancing our fan experience is a top priority, and our new video board provides live action, replays and promotional elements that we haven’t had before,” says Joel Nielsen, director of athletics for Kent State University. “The video board and new audio system has taken our atmosphere to a whole new level, and our fans have provided great feedback. We have enjoyed a great home court advantage over the years in the MAC Center, and this only adds to that tradition. I’d like to thank President Warren for her support in turning this goal into a reality.”

The university partnered with Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, to provide the new boards. The centerhung features four LED video boards that are capable of showing live and recorded video, game-day statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. All four screens feature 6-millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the arena.

Along the seating fascia, a new ribbon board was installed that features 10-millimeter line spacing. This allows for supplemental information to the main displays and provides the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events while immersing fans in the game-day action.

The project includes a fixed-digit basketball scoreboard to share all expected statistics for the sport, including score, game time, quarter, timeouts remaining and possession arrows. A custom audio control system adds to the functionality of the entire audiovisual system.

“Kent State knew the positive effects of strong entertainment value for sports and their fans, and adding this technology was another step in achieving their goal,” says Daryl Mihal, Daktronics regional manager. “We worked closely with the school to create the right design for their venue and their goal of creating the desired game-day atmosphere. The results are fantastic and we’re thankful for the opportunity to be part of this great project.”

Adapted from an article by Justin Ochsner, Daktronics



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POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:21pm
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