BROOKINGS, S.D. – June 15, 2018 – Fifth Third Arena on campus at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio is receiving a technology upgrade with 36 new LED displays from Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota. The main focus will be the new nine-display centerhung configuration featuring 3.9 million LEDs for nearly 2,000 square feet of digital canvas suspended above the playing surface of the venue. In total, the upgrades will bring more than 7 million LEDs and 5,700 square feet of displays to the arena.
“The fan experience at the new Fifth Third Arena is paramount in our daily planning on this transformational project,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said. “The addition of the new state of the art videoboards, ribbon boards and corner displays are indicative of our robust commitment to a Class of the League experience for our phenomenal guests.”
The new centerhung displays will feature a tight 6-millimeter line spacing for greater resolution and image quality that can be seen from every seat in the arena while the centerhung ring display will feature 10-millimeter line spacing. The centerhung configuration creates a rectangle shape with rounded corner displays between the main displays.
The two displays facing the sidelines will measure 16 feet high by 27 feet wide and the two displays facing the ends of the arena will measure 16 feet high by 16 feet wide. The four curved corner displays will measure 16 feet high by 6 feet wide. The ring circling the centerhung will measure 3 feet high by 86 feet in circumference.
“This project brings a large, unique centerhung configuration to Fifth Third Arena as the focal point of their facility upgrades,” said Daryl Mihal, Daktronics regional manager. “The project also features many other displays being installed including column wraps, auxiliary displays and ribbons to immerse fans in the action. These LED displays represent a significant upgrade to the University of Cincinnati’s facilities and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
The new main displays are capable of variable content zoning which allows each to show one large image or multiple different zones of content including live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages.
Along with the centerhung display, fans attending events at Fifth Third Arena will notice four additional 8.5-foot high by 14.5-foot wide, 6-millimeter, upper-level LED video displays, and four 9.5-foot tall by 28-foot wide, 10-millimeter, ring LED video boards on the four corner pillars of the facility. Ribbon boards will surround the court on all four sides along the seating fascia. Each ribbon display will feature 15-millimeter line spacing to provide supplemental information and graphics to the main display as well as allowing the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events.
At court level, 10 LED scorer’s tables and two stanchion displays mounted to each basket support provide additional visibility for statistics and sponsors. Outside the arena, a new marquee display will welcome fans to events.
All 36 displays can be controlled from one easy-to-use solution, Daktronics Show Control System. This industry-leading system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution. For more information on Show Control, visit www.daktronics.com/show.
“Our control solution is capable of great things including layering and transitioning that can make your event production look like a broadcast-quality experience for your fans,” added Mihal.
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.
About University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics as a member of the American Athletic Conference. UC fields 19 varsity teams with over 500 student-athletes supported by almost 200 full-time staff on the award-winning UC campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bearcats have won six national championships and 81 conference championships during its proud history. Numerous luminaries and Olympians have worn UC’s red and black through the years including hall of fame legends Sandy Koufax, Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman. UC student-athletes averaged a 3.328 GPA in the Spring of 2018 with 76 percent of our student-athletes earning spots on the honor roll. For more information on UC Athletics, visit www.GoBEARCATS.com.
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, audio systems and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.