Athletics News

GW to Install Daktronics LED Video, Scoring System

July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - A new integrated video, scoring and advertising system for George Washington University athletics and events is set to be installed this summer as part of the ongoing transformation of the Charles E. Smith Center. The system, designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT) of Brookings, SD, is among the continued upgrades to a facility that has served as the home of GW athletics for more than 30 years.


Rendering of the new Daktronics LED Video, Scoring System at Charles E. Smith Center


"This upgrade will provide a state-of-the-art experience to George Washington athletics at the Smith Center," said Athletic Director Jack Kvancz. "The flexibility of live video with sponsor messages and stat information provides even greater value to our fans and corporate partners."

The new system will include a centerhung installation consisting of four light emitting diode (LED) video displays. The displays, which feature 10mm pixel spacing that is perfect for indoor sports and advertising, each measure approximately 10-feet high by 17-feet wide. They will be capable of showing live video and instant replays, colorful animations, vivid graphics and eye-catching advertisements.

"What makes GW's install unique is the size of the display, which will be among the largest in college basketball," said Arthur Portnoy of Daktronics Sales. "Once installed, GW will have the largest collegiate Daktronics 10-millimeter basketball displays in the mid-Atlantic region."

Five digital scorer's tables are being installed as well. These court-level displays will measure more than 3-feet high by 9-feet wide each, or approximately 45 feet total. They will be able to show game information and sponsor messages to the cheering crowds during games. Because the tables are digital, GW organizations and advertisers will have virtually unlimited options for displaying their dynamic information.

Two 51-foot-long ribbon display and other fascia displays, all featuring 16mm pixel spacing, will add more opportunities for showcasing sponsors and getting fans involved in the action.

Also included in the project is the new Show Control System. The video processing system, one of the latest developments from Daktronics, is touted by experts as the best in the industry, processing and scaling live and recorded video signal to vivid digital imagery on large displays.

"The other unique feature is that GW will be one of the first collegiate teams to utilize the Show Control system." said Portnoy. "This cutting edge control room technology will put GW in the same league as some of our latest installs at the professional level."

The system provides a powerful combination of control software, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution. For more on Show Control, visit www.daktronics.com/show.

"With this installation, George Washington University is getting the very latest and best technology from Daktronics," Portnoy said. "We are excited to be working with GW on the project to upgrade its facilities and provide a fantastic game-day atmosphere for its sports teams and fans."

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

About Charles E. Smith Center
The Charles E. Smith Center, home of the George Washington University Department of Athletics for more than 30 years, is used primarily for intercollegiate team practices and competitions, and University events. Constructed in 1975, the Smith Center is in the midst of a $43 million transformation that is scheduled for completion by early 2011. When reopened, the Smith Center will not only serve as the home for 400 student-athletes competing in 22 intercollegiate sports, but feature the University's largest gathering place for activities ranging from student orientations to concerts to Commencement. The main arena is the home of GW men's and women's basketball, volleyball and gymnastics, and lists United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama among its distinguished visitors.

About Daktronics
Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world's largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, digital billboards, and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world, in sport, business and transportation applications. For more information, visit the company's World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at sales@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, SD 57006-5128.

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