And up goes the new video board

Less than two weeks after approval, Kinnick project underway

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Less than two weeks after the project was approved by the State Board of Regents, the new video board and sound project is underway at Kinnick Stadium.

The video board/sound upgrades will be up and going this fall. UI athletics director Gary Barta admitted that it will be a tight timeline, but the plan is to have it done for this upcoming season. The financing package the board approved for that Kinnick project totals $8 million, but they expect the total cost of everything will be $9 million because of the increase in bids on a portion of the project.

The existing video walls, control room equipment and sound system at Kinnick are eight years old, UI officials told The Gazette.

The company handling the project is Daktronics, Inc. As per usual, the Iowa athletics department will foot this bill using no tax or tuition cash.

The project includes a large screen video display system within the existing south end zone structure, video displays in the northeast and northwest end zone corners and a ribbon display to be installed above the seating along the north side of Kinnick Stadium.

That ribbon display will show game information, video, scores and advertising. In addition to those four video displays, the purchase request also includes two game clocks and four play clocks.

Here are more dimensions:

The South End Zone video board:

Overall Dimensions

316.4? Tall x 1228.8? Wide

15mm HD Video Display

624 lines of resolution x

2448 columns of resolution

Optional 13mm HD Video Display

728 lines of resolution x

2856 columns of resolution

The Ribbon-style scoreboard info:

Ribbon Dimensions

88.8? Tall x 2364.8? Wide

13HD Video Display

196 lines of resolution x

10,062 columns of resolution

Side Video Dimensions

2111.2? Tall x 388.8? Wide

13HD Video Display @2

504 lines of resolution x

896 columns of resolution

Vomitory Display Dimensions

37? Tall x 132? Wide

13HD Display @2

84 lines of resolution x

308 columns of resolution

Delay of Game Clock @2


A couple stills from Gazette photographer Brian Ray: 

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