Regents approve Kinnick video, sound upgrade

Barta said it will be a tight timeline, but new stuff up for 2013 season

The future of the south end zone video scoreboard at Kinnick Stadium. (UI)
The future of the south end zone video scoreboard at Kinnick Stadium. (UI)

[EDIT: I stand corrected. The video board/sound upgrades will be up and going this fall. Check this post from The Gazette's Diane Heldt. UI athletics director Gary Barta admits that it will be a tight timeline, but the plan is to have it done for this upcoming season.]

[EDIT II:According to Diane -- she's at the Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, BTW -- 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. Just FYI.]

Kinnick Stadium was renovated to the tune of nearly $90 million in 2006. Remember, when they blew up the old press box?

Relive that moment below:

You can't go from 2005 (when the video boards were actually installed) to the now with your video and sound equipment turning into digital ash.The existing video walls, control room equipment and sound system at Kinnick are eight years old, UI officials told Gazette reporter Diane Heldt last week.

And that's why the UI is working through the state Board of Regents on a new video display and sound system for Kinnick Stadium. The company Iowa has centered on is Daktronics, Inc., at a total cost of $8 million.

The regents have approved the project. 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.

These as renderings or drawings of the project. These didn't go to the regents for approval.

Here's what the fine print in that lower white box said in each picture.

The South End Zone video board:

Overall Dimensions

31'6.4" Tall x 122'8.8" 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

8'8.8" Tall x 236'4.8" Wide

13HD Video Display

196 lines of resolution x

10,062 columns of resolution

Side Video Dimensions

21'11.2" Tall x 38'8.8" Wide

13HD Video Display @2

504 lines of resolution x

896 columns of resolution

Vomitory Display Dimensions

3'7" Tall x 13'2" Wide

13HD Display @2

84 lines of resolution x

308 columns of resolution

Delay of Game Clock @2


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