NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University continues to make significant upgrades to its athletic facilities, as it was announced today that the institution has partnered with Daktronics, Inc., to design, manufacture and install a state-of-the-art, four-sided high-definition video board display at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall this fall.
In addition, Daktronics will replace the entire sound system at Echols Hall. The entire $1.6 million project will also include nine new high-definition scorer’s tables and four single-sided LED scoreboard displays to be located in the four corners of the arena. The system is scheduled to be installed before the start of the 2016-17 basketball season.
“These new displays are going to change the environment in Echols Hall for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball,” said Athletics Director Marty L. Miller. “This is an investment that will result in positive returns for the athletics department and the entire institution.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this fantastic upgrade to Echols Hall,” said Charley Bocklet, Daktronics regional manager. “The new centerhung, with its excellent video and graphics capabilities, complimented by a complete new audio system, will surely excite the fans and create a terrific new atmosphere for the Spartans.”
The entire centerhung display will measure 11 feet tall by 20.5 feet wide. The main video display will measure 8 feet wide by 16.5 feet tall on each side. An LED ring display measuring 2 feet tall by 54 feet circumference will sit underneath the main displays.
The entire apparatus, which will feature an all-aluminum cabinet construction, will also include four NSU corner logo displays with 16-inch high letters. Illuminated channel lettering featuring the words Norfolk State with 12-inch high letters will sit atop the displays.
The video displays will feature six millimeter line spacing for excellent clarity and contrast of images. It will be capable of showing one large image, live video and replays along with game information and player points and fouls. The ring display will feature 10 millimeter line spacing.
Nine new LED scorer’s tables, each measuring 9.5 feet across, are also included in the project. The video board, lower ring and scorer’s tables can all be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minutes statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.
Four single-sided LED basketball scoreboard displays will be mounted above the four corner entrances to the arena floor. Each display measures 4 feet tall by 10 feet wide. They will offer players, coaches, officials and fans the ability to see important game information, including game time, score, fouls and timeouts, without having to turn away from the action on the court.
Daktronics will also include its powerful Show Control System, which features the most state-of-the-art DMP-8000 Media Player. It is designed to provide full 1080p HD content playback, supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Locker room clock displays will be installed inside the locker rooms, and Daktronics will also replace the two-sided LED game clock and shot clock displays above each basket.
Another big part of the project is the replacement of the current sound system. The new system, including loudspeakers and amplifiers, will be installed during the month-long construction.
The video board display project will fall into a long line of upgrades that have been made to Echols Hall over the past decade. Most recently, a new floor system was installed in the summer of 2014, replacing the original floor. In the summers of 2008 and ’09, the lower-level bleachers were replaced with green and gold chair-back seating. The upper level bleachers were replaced with chair-back seating in the summer of 2013.
New fluorescent lights were added in 2012, and the building’s outside doors were replaced in 2013. A year later, the floor areas near the arena’s inside entrances were replaced, and an elevator lift was installed in the southeast corner.
Due to the construction schedule, NSU’s home volleyball matches for the early part of the season will be moved to Gill Gymnasium.