US Air Force Academy Falcon fans fly high with new Daktronics LED displays and audio system

March 16, 2016
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with U.S. Air Force Academy to provide video display upgrades to Falcon Stadium in U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. This installation includes end zone and fascia LED displays as well as the first digital audio façade in a collegiate venue. It is slated for completion early this spring.

The digital audio façade provides an acoustically transparent video display space in front of the speaker system above the main end zone video display at Falcon Stadium. Constructed of linear freeform LED elements, it provides an additional 360 square feet of dynamic video space in the place of commonly used static signage. This LED display will measure 9 feet high by 40 feet wide and will feature 30 millimeter line spacing.

The custom-designed sound system behind the digital audio façade will feature 14 large-format loudspeakers by Renkus-Heinz and extended low frequency subwoofers by Danley Sound Labs. The system is powered with 16 Crown Audio amplifiers to deliver an average sound pressure level of 100 dBA. A Shure Axient wireless microphone system and Yamaha digital mixing console are included in the complete audio upgrade.

“Not only will Air Force Athletics fans enjoy the new system at Falcon, we have worked hard on the acoustically transparent, patented digital audio façade,” said John Olsen, Daktronics audio sales representative. “Now athletic marketing departments can use the face of a sound cabinet for dynamic video content and advertising. With the ability to move ad content off the main video board, a larger in-game image is available. The new larger sound system enhances an even larger live video display. This is the first collegiate installation of this Daktronics digital audio façade super-system. Air Force Athletics has pushed the envelope of firsts!”

The end zone video display will measure approximately 31 feet high by 83 feet wide and will feature a 13HD pixel layout with excellent image clarity, contrast and wide angle visibility. It is capable of variable content zoning allowing it to show one large image or it can be divided into multiple smaller windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Two auxiliary LED displays will be installed below the end zone display and four ribbon displays will be installed along the seating fascia of the stadium. Each auxiliary display will measure approximately 11 feet high by 19 feet wide and each ribbon display will measure roughly 3 feet high by 50 feet wide. All six of these displays will feature 13HD pixel layouts and provide the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events as well as supplement the content shown on the end zone display.

“This is an exciting project to be a part of as Daktronics installs the first audio façade application in a college setting at Falcon Stadium,” said Mark Johnson, Daktronics regional manager. “The combination of video displays being installed at this venue will provide a unique game-day experience for Falcons fans. We’re looking forward to seeing everything installed and working together to create an entertainment destination for fans this coming season.”

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology provides industry-leading environmental protection for a long lifetime with consistent performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

About U.S. Air Force Academy
The mission of Air Force athletics is to provide a world class environment to prepare and motivate leaders of character through athletic training, testing and competition. The vision of Air Force athletics is a globally renowned enterprise forging resilient leaders of character through transformational competitive athletic experiences.

About Daktronics
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audio-visual systems and implementation with offices around the globe.

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Justin Ochsner, Public Relations/Marketing - Daktronics