Marshall University to Upgrade Facilities with Daktronics Video, Scoring Technology

Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., announced today that they have been chosen by Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., and ISP Sports to upgrade several facilities on campus with new light emitting diode (LED) video and scoring technology.

“These facilities upgrades will enhance our fan’s overall game day experience at all of our athletics venues,” Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said. “I want to thank ISP Sports for their commitment to Marshall Athletics and Daktronics for providing the state-of-the-art equipment that will make a Marshall University home game an even greater event.”

The largest upgrade will be at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, home to Thundering Herd football. Two large video displays will be installed at the stadium. Replacing the existing video display, the larger of the two displays will measure approximately 28 feet high by 49 feet wide. A second display will be installed on the athletic building at the south end zone, measuring about 22 feet high by 32 feet wide and flanked by two ribbon displays each 82 feet in length. The displays can be used for live video and instant replays during football games, as well as for entertaining the crowd, showing up-to-the-minute statistics and showcasing sponsors.

A custom sound system will be the finishing touch to the stadium. When combined with the video display, the new Daktronics audio system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid and high range frequencies and high impact entertainment through the integration of audio, video and scoring technology. The system uses the latest in digital audio technology, and it also operates on reduced power thanks to more efficient digital amplifiers and power supplies.

Daktronics will also be providing a new ribbon display and two new courtside displays to be installed in the Cam Henderson Center, home to Marshall University basketball and volleyball. The ribbon display will measure approximately 92 feet in length and feature pixels spaced at 20 mm. The
two courtside displays, which will be in addition to the four scorer’s tables currently installed in the center, will measure approximately 20 feet in length and will be able to be controlled independently or together with the current displays.

Sam Hood Field, where Thundering Herd soccer plays its home games, will have two new fixed digit soccer scoreboards. One scoreboard will measure eight feet high by 18 feet wide, and the other was custom built to measure three feet high by 19 feet wide. Both will keep fans up to date with all of the shots, saves, fouls and corner kicks taken during the game. Dot Hicks Field, home to Marshall University softball, will receive a new message display. With pixels spaced at 34 mm, this monochrome display will allow more opportunities to recognize sponsors during games and keep the crowds attending the games informed.

Included in the project is the new Daktronics Show Control System, which offers users a merger of control software, data integration, playback hardware and image processing technology for form a single, comprehensive production solution.

“We were happy to have the opportunity to work with Marshall University on this project,” Daktronics Sales Representative Kyle Adams said, “All of this new technology will make going to sporting events at Marshall University facilities more exciting. We will work hard to make sure they have the best experience possible.”

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 Marshall University

Marshall University was founded in 1837 and was named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. It is a coeducational public research university in Huntington, W.V. Known as the Thundering Herd, Marshall University’s kelly green and white sports teams participate in NCAA Division I sports as a member of Conference USA.

About ISP Sports

ISP, America’s home for College Sports, is nationally recognized for its quality performance, professional workmanship and unrivaled service. Founded in Winston-Salem, N.C., the ISP family of leading NCAA members now touches every state in the Southeast while extending across the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast, Midwest and West coast corridors as well. As the country’s largest and fastest growing multimedia rightsholder, ISP serves as an active partner with more than 50 of America’s leading universities, four major conferences, three postseason bowl games and two venues.

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 [at] daktronics.com, call (605) 697-4300 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

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