While its football team continues the rebuilding process, Illinois athletic officials are also working on major improvements to Memorial Stadium next fall.
Illini officials announced Wednesday that Daktronics has been hired to design, manufacture and install new video display and sound systems at University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium. The project includes a HD video display measuring 36 feet tall by 96 feet wide.
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"We are excited to be working with Daktronics to enhance the video display and sound system at Memorial Stadium," UI Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a statement. "The new boards will bring HD quality video to our fans and will greatly enhance the game-day atmosphere. In addition, our video displays and added ribbon boards will now be visible by almost every seat in the stadium and will allow us to provide more statistics, out-of-town scores and event information to everyone in attendance."
The huge video board will be to provide live video and instant replays. It can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of graphics, animations, statistics, scoring information and advertisements.
Directly below the main video display, a new custom football scoreboard will be installed to show the score, time outs left, down and distance, game time remaining, and quarter information. An identical scoreboard (without video display) will be installed above the north end zone seats.
A supplemental ribbon display also will be installed below the custom football scoreboard that will measure over 50 feet wide, allowing the university to showcase sponsors throughout events and provide stats and information to fans.
Aside from the end zone display configuration, two LED ribbon displays will be installed on the fascia between the seating decks, one on each side of the field. These displays will each measure more 420 feet in length.
Due to the uniqueness of Memorial Stadium, two additional displays will be installed -- one in the southeast corner and one in southwest corner. Each auxiliary video display will measure approximately 10 feet tall by nearly 17 feet wide. These displays will be wall-mounted to the building elements of the stadium that obstruct the viewing of the main video display. They will display the same type of video and information as the main video display to ensure that every seat in the house receives the same game-day experience.