Rutgers Athletic Center installed new Daktronics video and audio systems

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Scarlet Knights basketball fans of Rutgers University will enjoy a whole new game-day experience this coming season inside the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC) in Piscataway, N.J., thanks to the updated centerhung video display and custom audio systems installed by Daktronics (Nasdaq – DAKT) of Brookings, S.D.

“Our new Daktronics video boards and sound system have greatly enhanced the game-day experience for our fans and corporate sponsors, as well as the teams. The RAC has a great new energy,” said Geoff Brown, Senior Associate AD/Chief Marketing Officer. “The RAC has a tremendous collegial quality. Thanks to Daktronics, we were able to supplement those attributes with the latest technologies. The result is a game-day experience that appeals to a variety of consumers.”

Inside The RAC, the centerhung features a four-sided video display with two ring displays, one on top and one on bottom. The four main video displays each measure approximately 7 feet high by 12 feet wide and feature 6 millimeter line spacing. They are capable of showing one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. They can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.

Installed above the court, these displays incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility providing optimal viewing for all fans.

The top ring display measures approximately 2 feet high by 62 feet in circumference and has 15 millimeter line spacing. The lower ring display measures approximately 2 feet high by 43 feet in circumference and also features 15 millimeter line spacing.

The RAC centerhung is raised and lowered using two remote Daktronics hoists. The 6,000 pound capacity dual hoist system can lift a total of 12,000 pounds and features 6 feet per minute lifting speed. This system, which incorporates the latest in hoisting technology and safety, will be used to support the display at varying elevations depending on the arena’s needs.

Daktronics also installed two auxiliary displays located in two of the four corners of The RAC. These displays each measure approximately 29 feet high by 6 feet wide and feature 15 millimeter line spacing.

The ring and auxiliary displays provide the opportunity to highlight sponsor advertisements and show real-time statistics.

The Scarlet Knights will take the floor under a new sound system comprised of nearly 60 new speakers. Opponents who find this formerly daunting venue hard to play in will now find it nearly impossible to compete with Rutgers in this arena. Clever design engineers from the audio division utilized the Electro-Voice EVA 2082 series of speakers to build line arrays precisely matched to the needs of the arena. Subwoofers were installed to add “feel” to the sound experience. The custom speaker system is powered by 12 amplifiers from Electro-Voice “Tour Grade” series.

“The new audio and video system at The RAC will have a huge impact on the game-day experience for Rutgers fans, sponsors and student athletes,” said Scott Willson, Daktronics sales representative. “We worked closely with Rutgers to fully understand the unique atmosphere at The RAC and the needs of the athletic department in producing a high-end design that met all of their requirements. Our audio group, as well as our front end video production team and video design team came together to provide a single source, fully integrated system that provides Rutgers with a truly state-of-the-art system and equally important, ensures the same level of customer support that they have been receiving from Daktronics for the last 20 years.”

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.

The Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC) is home to the Scarlet Knights men’s and women’s basketball programs. The facility opened in 1977 and can seat 8,000 fans. The RAC is known for being one of the most challenging college basketball arenas for visiting opponents to play in.

About Daktronics

Daktronics is recognized as the world’s leading provider of full-color LED video displays. Daktronics began manufacturing large screen, full-color, LED video displays in 1997. Since then, thousands of large screen video displays have been sold and installed around the world. Since 2001, independent market research conducted by iSuppli Corp. lists Daktronics as the world’s leading provider of large screen LED video displays.

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: