Daktronics Videoboard Powers New In-Venue Experience at University of Maryland’s Capital One Field
When Terrapins fans arrived at Capital One Field this fall, they received a larger-than-life video experience in the west end zone as the University of Maryland partnered with Daktronics to manufacture and install a new LED video display. The project also brought a south end zone display, audio system and three new control rooms to campus in College Park, MD.
“When I saw the screen light up for the first time and then heard the sound come on, I knew we had something special here at the University of Maryland,” says Damon Evans, University of Maryland athletic director. “I am very grateful to Tom Minier and the great team at Daktronics for doing everything they did to complete this project in time for our nationally televised Friday night Big Ten game. I saw firsthand the care and professionalism they put into their work as well as their determination to meet expectations and deadlines.”
The new west end zone video display is the seventh-largest display in a college football-specific stadium measuring 54 feet high by 120 feet wide. In the east end zone, a new display measures 18 feet high by 32.5 feet wide to complement the main display. Both displays feature 10-millimeter pixel spacing to bring high-resolution imagery to fans throughout the stadium.
An upgraded, state-of-the-art custom control system was also installed as part of the project to bring fans the best possible game-day production. It includes Daktronics Show Control solution and Live Clips, a dual-channel multimedia broadcast server system designed for game entertainment and live productions.
Paired with the upgraded control solution, the main displays are HDR-capable and can produce variable content zoning to share the video, replays, statistics and graphics fans crave at a live event. Each display can show one large image or can show multiple zones of information, including sponsorship messaging.
“The new video display and sound system at the University of Maryland is nothing short of fantastic for the school, their student-athletes and fans,” says Charley Bocklet, Daktronics regional sales manager. “Our team was dedicated to delivering a top-notch product. Working closely together with the University of Maryland staff, we were able to see our work pay off in a great way this fall. Thank you to the university for putting their trust in our team. We look forward to seeing the positive impact for many more games at Capital One Field.”
To ensure fans get the full in-stadium experience, a new custom sound system was installed and integrated into the video display and scoring system. This system provides the booming, full-range audio reproduction that fans expect at a stadium along with clear, intelligible speech from announcers and broadcasters.