Venue News: Barclays Center Installs Video Board; MSU Stadium Renovation Includes New TV Compound

Compiled by Karen Hogan, Associate Editor, Sports Video Group

The Barclays Center installed its picture-perfect scoreboard Monday. The high-def, 70,000-pound Daktronics scoreboard — one of the largest in the nation — was recently hoisted to the rafters of the 18,200-seat arena, which is fast nearing completion. The $7.5-million super scoreboard is loaded with high-tech gadgets, including a Kiss Cam on its underside, 3,550 square feet of LED video display, and an internal television camera to capture the action below. The scoreboard, measuring three stories in height, was purchased from a Brookings, S.D., manufacturer. It was shipped to Brooklyn in pieces…

…Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field is undergoing a $75 million expansion and renovation that will increase capacity to 61,337, provide additional premium seating, elevators, restrooms and concessions, and a completely new west side concourse, the university’s Athletic Department announced Wednesday. Construction is to begin immediately and will be complete in time for the 2014 season. The construction contract for the project has been awarded to the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson, Miss. Harrell won the construction project in a university sealed bid process. The north end will also accommodate a new high-definition video board similar in size to the one currently standing on the stadium’s south end, which is among the largest in college athletics. The project also includes a new television compound away from the stadium proper. The TV compound is being located west of the stadium and allows network broadcast trucks to connect to stadium equipment via underground cable runs…

…The Cal Bears spent last season as nomads as their on-campus stadium was completely overhauled. They practiced on a nearby rugby field, worked out and had offices in temporary trailers and played their games across San Francisco Bay at AT&T Park, the home of baseball’s Giants. Now they have a $150 million on-campus High Performance Center attached to the stadium that got a $321 million facelift and will be ready shortly for practice and for the season’s first game on Sept. 1 against Nevada…

…The University of Georgia has asked Daktronics to design, manufacture, and install integrated display systems for Turner Complex, Jack Turner Stadium, and Foley Field, all on campus in Athens, GA. These installations will upgrade the eight-year-old displays with new high-definition LED video displays connected to the university’s recently constructed multi-million dollar control room located at Sanford Stadium. Connecting all of these displays to the new control room provides the university with the option to produce full live game-day productions at each venue. All three of the new LED video displays feature 15HD technology that will incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with outstanding brightness and wide-angle visibility.

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