Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, will supply over 2322 square meters of LED video displays for a new stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is currently under construction.
The installation will include 18 LED screens featuring 13HD pixel layout. Due to its ultra high brightness level and wide angle visibility the 13HD technology is in demand in premier sports facilities around the world, the company said. Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach comments: “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 significant 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.”
The screens will be arranged in two mirror groups fronting each other from west and east ends of the stadium. The west end installation will feature giant screen measuring 20 m high by 36 m wide surrounded by two smaller screens 13 × 4.5 m mounted in portrait orientation. The central screen can be zoned to display either one image or multiple windows featuring different content, e.g. live video, instant replays, scoring information and statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. The side screens will be used to display supplemental information or together with the main screen to form single digital canvas. The east end group will be smaller in size with the central screen measuring 15 m high by 26 m wide and side screens 7.6 × 4.5 m. Showing additional scoring information will be three ribbon displays installed in tiers. One at the level of upper concourse measuring 1.0 m × 472 m, one at the club level measuring 0.7 m × 450 m and one at the press level measuring 1.5 m × 68 m.
A group of eight sponsors’ screens measuring 1.5 m high by 10 m wide will be installed on the north side of the facility. Finalizing the large-scale installation will be a “skirt” display measuring 2.7 m high by 19.5 m wide installed at the field level.
Included with this installation is Daktronics proprietary Show Control System. According to Daktronics, the system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware and is an industry-leading solution.
With the total budget of $1.061 billion the project has 228 Minnesota-based firms involved and provides employment positions for more than 900 local workers. "We're proud to be selected by MSFA and the Minnesota Vikings to build on our long-standing relationship by locally manufacturing their new displays in the state of Minnesota at our Redwood Falls factory," said Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach.
The multi-purpose facility is intended to be a home stadium for the legendary Minnesota Vikings - professional American football team established in 1961 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The project is supervised by The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and is scheduled to open in July 2016.