by Daniel Smallwood
Norfolk State University made a significant upgrade to its athletic facilities, as the institution 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.
According to NSU Assistant Sports Information Director Mike Bello, Daktronics will replace the entire sound system at Echols Hall. The $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. Daktronics will also replace the two-sided LED game clock and shot clock displays above each basket.
The entire center hung 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.
“This is an investment that will result in positive returns for the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball team,” said Leonard Fairly, the film director for the Norfolk State University basketball team. “This jumbotron will surely excite the fans and create a terrific new atmosphere for the Spartans.”
Bello also had some other facts about the video display that were important.
The main displays can show high-resolution imagery with wide angle visibility and are capable of variable content zoning. This allows each display to show one large image or to divide the display into multiple sections to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.
Nine new LED scorer’s tables are also included in this 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-minute 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,” said Bello. “The new audio system will provide booming sound and clear, intelligible speech to maximize the audio experience for every fan within the arena.”