Rutgers Athletic Center Installs New Daktronics Video and Audio Systems

Scarlet Knights basketball fans of Rutgers University will enjoy a whole new game-day experience this coming season inside the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC) in Piscataway, N.J., thanks to the updated centerhung video display and custom audio systems installed by Daktronics.

A new centerhung scoreboard at the Rutgers Athletic Center the centerhung features a four-sided video display with two ring displays.

A new centerhung scoreboard at the Rutgers Athletic Center the centerhung features a four-sided video display with two ring displays.

“Our new Daktronics video boards and sound system have greatly enhanced the game-day experience for our fans and corporate sponsors, as well as the teams. The RAC has a great new energy,” said Geoff Brown, Senior Associate AD/Chief Marketing Officer. “The RAC has a tremendous collegial quality. Thanks to Daktronics, we were able to supplement those attributes with the latest technologies. The result is a game-day experience that appeals to a variety of consumers.”

Inside The RAC, the centerhung features a four-sided video display with two ring displays, one on top and one on bottom. The four main video displays each measure approximately 7 feet high by 12 feet wide and feature 6 millimeter line spacing. They are capable of showing one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. They can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.

Installed above the court, these displays incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility providing optimal viewing for all fans.

The top ring display measures approximately 2 feet high by 62 feet in circumference and has 15 millimeter line spacing. The lower ring display measures approximately 2 feet high by 43 feet in circumference and also features 15 millimeter line spacing.

The RAC centerhung is raised and lowered using two remote Daktronics hoists. The 6,000 pound capacity dual hoist system can lift a total of 12,000 pounds and features 6 feet per minute lifting speed. This system, which incorporates the latest in hoisting technology and safety, will be used to support the display at varying elevations depending on the arena’s needs.

Daktronics also installed two auxiliary displays located in two of the four corners of The RAC. These displays each measure approximately 29 feet high by 6 feet wide and feature 15 millimeter line spacing.

The ring and auxiliary displays provide the opportunity to highlight sponsor advertisements and show real-time statistics.

The Scarlet Knights will take the floor under a new sound system comprised of nearly 60 new speakers. Opponents who find this formerly daunting venue hard to play in will now find it nearly impossible to compete with Rutgers in this arena. Clever design engineers from the audio division utilized the Electro-Voice EVA 2082 series of speakers to build line arrays precisely matched to the needs of the arena. Subwoofers were installed to add “feel” to the sound experience. The custom speaker system is powered by 12 amplifiers from Electro-Voice “Tour Grade” series.

“The new audio and video system at The RAC will have a huge impact on the game-day experience for Rutgers fans, sponsors and student athletes,” said Scott Willson, Daktronics sales representative. “We worked closely with Rutgers to fully understand the unique atmosphere at The RAC and the needs of the athletic department in producing a high-end design that met all of their requirements. Our audio group, as well as our front end video production team and video design team came together to provide a single source, fully integrated system that provides Rutgers with a truly state-of-the-art system and equally important, ensures the same level of customer support that they have been receiving from Daktronics for the last 20 years.”

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