The Buffalo Bisons announced today that the organization will be installing a new light emitting diode (LED) video display that will be the largest Daktronics (Nasdaq-DAKT) display in Minor League Baseball. The new display will measure approximately 33 feet high and 80 feet wide. Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., has been chosen to design, manufacture and install the video display.
“The new BisonsTV HD board will bring an unparalleled level of entertainment and excitement to our great fans and position our organization for future success in the industry,” said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Bisons. “The Bisons owners, Bob and Mindy Rich, continue to show their dedication to providing the best sports entertainment experience in Western New York; a commitment that hasn’t wavered since the opening of this great ballpark in 1988.”
The state-of-the-art system at Coca-Cola Field will feature the latest Daktronics 15 mm LED video technology with the capabilities to present live and recorded video images, colorful animation and vivid graphics. The display can show either full video images or windowed images with video, advertisements, statistical information and more.
“We appreciate the relationship that has grown through the years,” Scott Willson, Daktronics Sales, said. “The Bisons have always looked for ways to update their facility to provide the best in-game presentation for their fans.”
Daktronics and the Buffalo Bisons have partnered since the opening of then-Pilot Field in 1988. The first scoreboard featured incandescent digits with team name message centers. It also included a color message center and was one of the first baseball facilities to integrate player stats with a digital display. In 1999, shortly after LED video technology was introduced, the Bisons added live video with a Daktronics 34 mm LED video display measuring 19 feet high and 38 feet wide.
“Our strong working relationship with Daktronics has only been solidified over years of great support and high-quality products,” said Buczkowski. “It’s only appropriate that their new signature video board will find a home in a ballpark that has meant so much to the baseball industry over the past two-plus decades.”
Rich Baseball Operations, the Bisons ownership group, also has Daktronics products installed at their other team’s ballparks including the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Jamestown Jammers. In 2008, the Naturals installed an integrated LED video and scoring system for their new facility, Arvest Ballpark. The system spans includes two LED video displays, LED baseball scoreboard and advertising panels. The Jamestown Jammers installed an integrated system with an LED baseball scoreboard and an LED ribbon display in 2007.
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 Buffalo Bisons
In 2011, the Buffalo Bisons will enter their 126th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. By providing the best sports and family entertainment experience and value at every game, the Bisons are proud owners of the top six attendance marks in the history of minor league baseball. As Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, the Bisons will once again compete for an International League Governors’ Cup Championship in 2011.
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) 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, S.D. 57006-5128.