IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hawkeye fans, players and coaches will be wowed by new LED video technology from Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, when the fall sport season begins at University of Iowa’s Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The system, with original designs by Anthony James Partners, will be manufactured and installed by Daktronics this summer.
“Carver-Hawkeye Arena remains one of the great college athletic venues and we are excited to work with Daktronics on upgrading our scoreboards,” said UI director of athletics Gary Barta. “Adding state-of-the-art video and audio equipment will make the student-athlete and fan experience even greater. Hawkeye fans make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a special place and these enhancements will no doubt bolster the environment moving forward.”
A new four-sided centerhung video system is the centerpiece of the upcoming installation. The two main centerhung displays will measure approximately 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide and the other two centerhung displays will measure 9.5 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. These displays will feature a tight 6 millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the arena.
These displays are capable of variable content zoning which allows them to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to highlight any combination of live video, instant replays, statistics, game information, animations and sponsorship messages.
Four auxiliary displays, two at each end of the arena, will be installed as part of the upgrade. Two will measure roughly 9.5 feet high by 80 feet wide and two will measure 9.5 feet high by 48 feet wide. An additional display measuring 3 feet high by 9 feet wide will be installed along the sidelines. A total of eight digital scorer’s tables, each measuring 2 feet high by 9 feet wide, are included in the installation and can be arranged in any formation the arena desires.
The five auxiliary displays and 8 digital scorer’s tables will feature 10 millimeter line spacing. They are also capable of variable content zoning as they provide fans with supplemental content and statistics as well as creating opportunities to highlight sponsors throughout events.
“We appreciate the opportunity to once again partner with the University of Iowa,” said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. “This is an exciting new installation which includes a centerhung being installed for the first time in Carver Hawkeye Arena that not only highlights our state-of-the-art technology but also our depth of engineering expertise. This new system will enhance an already great game-day environment and we look forward to seeing the system installed later this summer.”
Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.
Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena is the home of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s gymnastics. The Hawkeye wrestling team has led the nation in attendance the last 10 years, while the UI men’s and women’s basketball teams routinely rank in the Top 20 nationally in attendance. The centerhung scoreboard is one of a number of improvements to Carver-Hawkeye Arena taking place this summer. The arena will receive upgrades to the sound system and lighting, and a new hardwood floor.