There is an acoustically transparent video display space in front of the speaker system above the main end zone video display that allows for much more ‘live’ video content.

Daktronics Installs First Digital Audio Façade in College Sports


Brookings, South Dakota-based Daktronics announces the installation of what it calls the first digital audio façade in college sports, at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The digital audio façade provides an acoustically transparent video display space in front of the speaker system above the main end zone video display in the stadium. Constructed of linear freeform LED elements, it provides an additional 360 square feet of dynamic video space in the place of commonly used static signage. This display will measure 9 feet high by 40 feet wide and will feature 30-millimeter line spacing.

The custom-designed sound system behind the façade features 14 large-format loudspeakers by Renkus-Heinz and extended low frequency subwoofers by Danley Sound Labs. The system is powered with 16 Crown Audio amplifiers to deliver an average sound pressure level of 100 dBA. A Shure Axient wireless microphone system and Yamaha digital mixing console are included in the complete audio upgrade.

“Now, athletic marketing departments can use the face of a sound cabinet for dynamic video content and advertising,” says John Olsen, Daktronics’ audio sales representative. “With the ability to move ad content off the main video board, a larger in-game image is available. The new larger sound system enhances an even larger live video display.”

The end zone video display measures approximately 31 feet high by 83 feet wide and will feature a 13HD pixel layout. It is capable of variable content zoning, allowing it to show one large image or be divided into multiple smaller windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Two auxiliary displays will be installed below the end zone display and four ribbon displays will be installed along the seating fascia of the stadium. Each auxiliary display measures approximately 11 feet high by 19 feet wide and each ribbon display will measure roughly 3 feet high by 50 feet wide. All six of these displays will feature 13HD pixel layouts and provide the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events as well as supplement the content shown on the end zone display.

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