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March 29, 2015

Daktronics to design and install LED displays for new Minneapolis stadium in US

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Video display maker Daktronics will design, manufacture and install 18 LED video displays with 13HD technology at a new sports stadium under construction in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) have selected the company for the new project, which is expected to support the employment of more than 200 local employees working at its Redwood Falls factory in Minnesota.

The factory, which recently underwent a $3.5m expansion, will have around 115,000ft² of manufacturing space to enable Daktronics to handle projects of this magnitude.

More than 25,000ft² of video displays will work in unison to brand the Vikings home-game stadium.

Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach said: "The stadium will receive our premier 13HD technology that is currently being used in multiple professional sports facilities.

"The new display system will be a great addition to the architecture of the stadium and will provide an amazing experience for fans at Vikings games and other events held at the stadium."

Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said: "Our focus remains on providing a first-class experience to our fans.

"When the process is over and we open this building in 2016, we want to say we did what we could to ensure the best game-day experience possible."

The stadium’s west end zone will have a main display measuring roughly 68ft-high by 120ft-wide, serving as the focal point that will display variable content in one large image.

"The new display system will be a great addition to the architecture of the stadium and will provide an amazing experience for fans at Vikings games "

The unit can also be zoned into multiple windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, scoring information and statistics in addition to displaying graphics and animations, as well as sponsorship messages.

Measuring roughly 43ft-high by 15ft-wide, two wing displays will supplement the main display or join with the main display to show one large image across the entire digital canvas.

At the field level, a 9ft by 64ft ‘skirt’ display will be installed to provide additional opportunities for graphics and sponsorships throughout events.

The east end zone has a mirror image of the west end zone, where a separate video display will be the focal point of the east end zone.

It will also have two wing displays flanking the main unit, and three ribbon displays that circle the seating fascia.

The displays will be used to highlight sponsors throughout events and to show additional scoring information, out-of-town scores as well as fantasy statistics.

As part of the project, Daktronics will also install eight sponsor displays measuring about 5ft-high by 35ft-wide throughout the north side of the facility, in addition its show control system.

Image: Architect’s rendering of the new stadium under construction in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: courtesy of Daktronics.

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