June 11, 2010
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU Athletics announced today that it has chosen Daktronics to design, manufacture and install a new integrated video and audio system at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
"This is another sign of SMU's commitment to athletics," said SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. "This cutting-edge technology investment will allow us to highlight the spectacular play of the Mustangs on the field and greatly enhance the fan experience."
The video board and sound system will be the latest upgrades for SMU's athletic facilities. Over the past four years, SMU has undertaken a $60 million facilities plan, building new facilities and improving existing ones. The $13-million, 43,000-square foot Crum Basketball Center, a basketball-only practice facility adjacent to Moody Coliseum, opened in February 2008 and the Turpin Tennis Stadium opened in April 2008. Ground has been broken for the SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center and renovations to Moody Coliseum, which began in 2008 with the installation of a new $900,000 video board and redesigned court, continue.
The video display system will utilize Daktronics' newest HD-15 LED technology, featuring a tighter resolution and improved image quality, and will measure approximately 32 feet high by 45 feet wide. The video board can operate as single giant display or be divided into multiple zones (windows) to show a wide variety of statistics, information, graphics, animation and live and recorded video.
Also included in the project is the new Show Control system from Daktronics. The company's video processing system is touted by experts as the best in the industry, processing and scaling live and recorded video signal to vivid digital imagery on large displays. The Show Control system is the one of the latest developments from Daktronics, providing a power combination of control software, data integration, and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.
A complete high-definition front end video production system with four HD cameras, HD production switcher, and three channels of HD replay will provide live video and replay capabilities. Combined with Daktronics Show Control Software, the system will be a high-powered, fully-integrated A/V solution.
A new custom sound system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid- and high-range frequencies, and high-impact entertainment throughout the stadium. Daktronics is supplying the speakers, amplifiers and audio control system.
"Daktronics is thrilled about the upcoming project at Ford Stadium," said Dan Fjeldheim of Daktronics. "This fully-integrated audio/visual system, all provided by Daktronics, will make for an exciting gameday experience for SMU fans. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to provide SMU video, scoring and audio enhancements."