Gonzaga University to upgrade facilities with Daktronics displays


Gonzaga University has continued its longstanding relationship with Daktronics by asking the company to manufacture and install 10 new LED displays for multiple sports facilities on campus in Spokane, Washington. Video displays will be installed for basketball, volleyball, baseball and soccer this fall.

“We’re continually working to provide the best game-day experience possible for our sports facilities, and installing new Daktronics displays on campus is an important step in achieving our goals,” said Rob Kavon, Gonzaga University’s associate director of athletics for facilities and event operations. “The new centerhung in McCarthey Athletic Center is going to be amazing, and we can’t wait for it to bring a first-rate, exciting atmosphere to our fans and student athletes this year.”

McCarthey Athletic Center will be receiving seven displays, including a five-display centerhung configuration featuring 1,230ft2 of LED displays to impact and improve Bulldogs basketball and other special events held within the venue.

In the centerhung configuration, two large sideline-facing displays will measure 12.5ft high by 21ft wide, two end-facing displays will measure 12.5ft high by 12.5ft wide, and a narrow ring display circling the bottom of the configuration will measure 3ft high by 64.5ft wide. A new custom hoist will hold the centerhung in place over the court.

Replacing the existing end wall displays, two new displays measuring 9ft high by 36ft wide will be installed. All displays inside McCarthey Athletic Center will feature 6mm line spacing for crisp, clear imagery and wide-angle visibility for a great view from every seat in the arena.

A custom audio system rounds out the arena installation. This new system will integrate with the video and scoring system to provide full-range sound reproduction while delivering clear and intelligible speech for a powerful audio experience for fans.

“We’re thrilled to extend our longstanding partnership with Gonzaga University for these LED video projects,” said Greg Schmidt, Daktronics sales representative. “The university was looking for a solution to bring a ‘wow’ factor to their facilities as well as ensuring their fan experiences exceeded expectations. We’re honored to be selected to help achieve their goals as this state-of-the-art technology will make the ideas for their facilities a reality.”

At the adjacent Martin Centre, Daktronics will install a new 6.5ft-high by 12ft-wide video display featuring 6mm line spacing, as well as two new fixed-digit scoreboards to provide additional statistics for volleyball.

Also on campus, Gonzaga Soccer at Luger Field will receive a new video display measuring 8.5ft high by 16ft wide, as well as a fixed-digit scoreboard for additional soccer statistics. Gonzaga Baseball at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field will receive a new outdoor video display measuring 12ft high by 36ft wide. Both outdoor displays will feature 13HD pixel layouts for excellent image clarity and contrast while providing wide-angle visibility for fans.

All the video displays being installed will feature variable content zoning, which allows each display to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Daktronics will also be including its powerful Show Control System with this installation, providing a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.

McCarthey Athletic Center contains previously installed Daktronics LED displays including courtside scorer’s tables, basketball stanchion displays and ribbon displays along the seating fascia. Daktronics has also installed outdoor message centers on campus as well as equipment at The Stevens Tennis Center on Gonzaga’s campus.

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