Date Announced: 01 Nov 2013 DANVILLE, Ill. – Rocklin High School, near Sacramento, Calif., is sporting a new state-of-the-art scoreboard with a digital video screen in its sports stadium, thanks to the involvement of the local business community and active parents of student athletes.The 15’ x 35’ scoreboard was designed and installed by Hupp Signs & Lighting (www.huppsigns.com) and includes a 9’ x 16’ digital sign manufactured by Watchfire Signs (www.watchfiresigns.com). The Watchfire XVS 19mm LED sign is designed for outdoor use featuring high-resolution images. It can display full-motion video at up to 60 frames per second and is being used to display live video during events.The new sign is also energy efficient. Watchfire products carry Energy Efficiency Certification from Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-Environment group and were the first in the LED sign industry to receive the UL-E Green Leaf Mark. This certification means that Watchfire sign products have been tested and certified for compliance with a variety of energy efficiency requirements, including those within Title 24 of the California Energy Commission’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards.Watchfire Signs is unique because they partner with sign companies instead of bidding against them for projects. “I work exclusively with Watchfire for electronic signs,” said Joe Hupp, owner of Hupp Signs & Lighting. “Watchfire is a great company to work with, and their signs are high quality and made in the United States. Out of all the vendors we work with, they are the best.”Rocklin High School is using the digital sign to generate advertising revenue for the school from sponsors, as well as to incorporate learning opportunities for students.“We used to sell team sponsorships and recognize sponsors on banners in the stadium. Now, our sponsors get terrific exposure on the video board at all our home matches,” said Dave Stewart, assistant principal and athletic director at Rocklin High School. About 12 students from Rocklin’s media class are involved in providing content to the board. “We have students in charge of four cameras at each game. They get hands-on experience learning to transition shots, providing slow motion replay and engaging the crowd,” said Stewart.The idea for the new scoreboard was hatched after the old board shorted out in the middle of an important football game last season. Staff at the school decided they wanted their new scoreboard to have video capability and discussed how they could fund it. Parents of athletes got involved and approached different businesses to help, including Von Housen Mercedes-Benz auto dealership in Rocklin, which funded the project.The new scoreboard is a big hit with athletes and fans. Administrators are looking at other ways to use the LED board to raise funds for athletic programs, including movie night and concerts at the stadium.Rivals also have taken note. “We’ve noticed that a couple other schools have started renting digital boards to try to match ours,” said Stewart.Watchfire XVS 19mm signs offer industry-leading image quality, perfected through whole-sign color calibration. The 19mm model delivers an optimal balance of brightness and energy efficiency, providing up to 50 percent energy cost savings to accelerate return on investment.Watchfire Signs manufactures a full line of electronic message centers. It is the only manufacturer that fully encapsulates every LED module in a thick bed of silicone gel, enabling the modules to operate reliably in any weather conditions. Watchfire’s streamlined design enhances durability by minimizing the number of parts and connections, improving field performance and reliability. Watchfire message center signs feature lightweight, yet durable extruded aluminum cabinetry with precision-mitered corners, solid welds and stainless steel fasteners to deliver low-cost, fast installation and years of worry-free performance. Watchfire’s warranty, lead times, customer support and software are considered to be the best in the industry. About Watchfire SignsWatchfire Signs designs, engineers and manufactures the best looking, most durable outdoor LED signs, Price Watcher gas price signs and digital billboards to help businesses and organizations increase visibility and drive growth. Headquartered in Danville, Ill., Watchfire has manufactured outdoor electric signs since 1932 and LED signs since 1996. The company has created more than 45,000 Watchfire LED signs for retail, auto dealers, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations, banks, schools, places of worship and other locations worldwide. For more information, go to www.watchfiresigns.com.
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