July 26, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — – If twice is, in fact, nice and bigger is, in fact, better, fans attending the home games of the 2013 University of Iowa football team are going to be a pretty happy bunch with respect to the new technology added at the north end of historic Kinnick Stadium.
In addition to a “ribbon board” that measures 8 feet tall and nearly 400 feet wide, the UI Athletics Department is installing two “video walls,” one in the northeast corner of Kinnick and the other in the northwest (see image below).
Each board measures approximately 21 ½ feet tall by 38 feet wide – a total of 817 square feet of video space. Last year, Kinnick Stadium featured just one video wall at its north end. That board measured 16 feet tall and 28 feet wide – a total of 448 square feet.
So, beginning with the season opener against Northern Illinois on Aug. 31, the 70,000 fans that will fill Kinnick Stadium to capacity seven Saturday afternoons will enjoy not one, but two video walls at the facility’s north end and each of those will provide video that is 82 percent larger than what was previously available. The video displayed will also be in high definition.
The 70,000 fans that will fill Kinnick Stadium to capacity seven Saturday afternoons will enjoy not one, but two video walls at the facility’s north end and each of those will provide video that is 82 percent larger than what was previously available. The video displayed will also be in high definition.
“Our fans asked for larger video than what’s been available in the past and that’s what the new technology will deliver,” said Rick Klatt, the UI’s associate athletics director for external relations. The UI Athletics Department surveyed 2013 season ticket holders earlier this summer and an increase in the size of the video displayed inside Kinnick Stadium was the second most popular request.
What will be these two pieces of the $9 million of technology being added to Kinnick this summer?
When the game is in progress, each board will display live game action and, at appropriate times, spirit messaging. During the breaks between the first and the second quarters, at halftime, and between the third and fourth quarters, fans can expect to see, among other things, collections of highlights from the game, features, messaging from corporate partners of the UI Athletics Department.
To read about the new ribbon board installed atop Kinnick Stadium north grandstand, click HERE.
To read about the game data area inside scoreboard atop the south grandstand of historic Kinnick Stadium, click HERE.
Two new video walls — both 82 percent larger than what was available a year ago — are now positioned
at the north end of historic Kinnick Stadium.