College basketball is popular in the U.S, but nothing is more popular than the annual conference and national championships that go under the nickname of March Madness, beginning March 18/2014.
Brookings, South Dakota-based Daktronics has video displays and scoring equipment at 44 different venues as the men’s and women’s college basketball teams compete for conference championships across the country and for the national championships. Of those venues, 11 have Daktronics event support staff on hand for every game.
Sarah Rose, Daktronics service manager, says that these facilities rely on Daktronics to ensure their equipment is operating as intended to entertain and inform basketball fans during these tournaments.”
All 11 facilities receiving Daktronics event support have a technician on site two hours prior to the gates opening for each event. Those technicians remain on site for the duration of all games, assisting with any display or control system needs that might arise during the event.
Two of these venues are: Madison Square Garden, which recently upgraded its video displays in 2013 and is hosting the men’s Big East championship and the men’s East Regional games of the national tournament; and Amway Center, a long time Daktronics customer hosting second and third round games of the national tournament.
“Our certified technicians provide our customers with a piece of mind; if any issue should happen to arise, someone is right there to help them resolve it,” says Rose.
Daktronics has equipment at 16 facilities for the men’s conference championships and at 12 facilities used for the men’s national championship tournament. Likewise, it has equipment at 12 facilities for the women’s conference championships and 17 facilities used for the women’s national championship tournament.
Daktronics also supplied additional LED scorer’s tables and on-site event support, including running their control room for all games, at the Summit League Tournament held at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D.