Daktronics Selected to Deliver New AV System for Southern Methodist University Stadium

Southern Methodist University has contracted Daktronics to design, manufacture, and install an integrated video and audio system at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.

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.

“We’re excited about working with Daktronics to significantly upgrade all of Ford Stadium’s audio-video capabilities,” says Tom Buning, Senior Associate Athletic Director. ”This cutting edge technology investment will allow us to highlight the spectacular plays of the Mustangs on the field and greatly enhance the fan experience.”

Also included in the project is the new Show Control system from Daktronics. The company’s video processing system processes and scales live and recorded video signal to 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 HD 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 fully integrated A/V solution.

Daktronics will also supply the speakers, amplifiers and audio control system for a new new custom sound system at the Stadium

“Daktronics is thrilled about the upcoming project at Ford Stadium,” says Dan Fjeldheim, Daktronics sales. “This fully integrated audio/visual system, all provided by Daktronics, will make for an exciting game-day experience for SMU fans. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to provide SMU video, scoring and audio enhancements.”

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