Iowa officials announce details in visual Carver-Hawkeye Arena renovation

Two video boards cover center court of basketball arena

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IOWA CITY — Iowa athletics officials unveiled a partial reveal of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s new video system, which includes a four-sided video board that hangs over center court.

The project, which is slated for a $1.2 million price tag according to spring Regents documents, boasts two fixed center displays facing the north and south that measure 14 1/2 feet high and 26 feet wide. The other two center boards measure 9 1/2 feet high by 16 1/2 feet facing east and west. In a news release, the video elements feature “a tight 6 millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the arena.”

Daktronics will install the boards this summer with Anthony James Partners providing the design. The Gazette first reported the upgrades in March.

“Adding state-of-the-art video and audio equipment will make the student-athlete and fan experience even greater,” Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a statement. “Hawkeye fans make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a special place and these enhancements will no doubt bolster the environment moving forward.”

The video boards enable both one large image or divided images, capable of showing live video, replays, game statistics, paid sponsorships and other information.

Additionally, the upgrade showcases four auxiliary displays with two placed at each end of the arena measuring 9 1/2 feet high by 80 feet wide. The other two measure 9 1/2 feet high by 48 feet wide. Other displays include one along the sidelines (3 feet by 9 feet) and eight digital scorer’s tables measuring 2 feet by 9 feet.

The upgrade also includes a new audio system, lighting and playing court.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena was completed in 1983 and was the Big Ten’s only basketball arena without a video display system over center court. The original cost was $18.4 million. Iowa’s men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s volleyball and gymnastics teams compete in the arena, which also holds graduations and other university events.

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