Many Jacks help Daktronics build new scoreboard

With 790 of its employees holding degrees from South Dakota State University, it’s safe to say many graduates had a hand in Daktronics creating a new scoreboard for Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. In addition, Daktronics employs approximately 175 SDSU students each year.

The largest video board in the Football Championship Subdivision graces Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

The largest video board in the Football Championship Subdivision graces Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

Daktronics partnered with South Dakota State to bring 3,100 square feet of digital display space to the stadium. The new display will measure approximately 31 feet high by 100 feet wide and will feature a 15HD pixel layout. With excellent image clarity and contrast combined with wide-angle visibility, the installation will provide a great view to every seat. It features variable content zoning, which allows it to show one large image across the entire display or also to be divided into different zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, scoring information, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, and animations and sponsorship messages.

“Our relationship with South Dakota State University dates to the founding of Daktronics in 1968, so it is exciting to be a large part of the plan for their new stadium,” said Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach ’87. “We have a great long-standing partnership with the university and this new video display will be a valuable aspect for an improved game-day experience for the players and fans alike at all Jacks’ home football games. We’re waiting with great anticipation to see the impact of the video systems as well as the many other renovations that will be unveiled for this year’s season!”

In addition to Kurtenbach, numerous SDSU grads and students worked on the project. They include: Jay Parker ’87 vice president of live events; Matt Warnke ’99, sales representative; Blayne Olson ’11, project manager; Ryan Reiff ’11, onsite technician; and Ellen Sandager ’11, creative services account manager.

Matt Schmidt

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