By the time Baylor University Bears football fans and players open the 2014 season Aug. 31/14 against SMU in their new home, McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, they will also experience a new LED video display designed and manufactured by Daktronics of Brookings, S.D..
“McLane Stadium will afford Baylor fans an exceptional fan experience featuring state-of-the-art Daktronics ribbon boards and one of college football’s largest and most dynamic video boards,” says Ian McCaw, director of athletics at Baylor University.
The end zone display will measure approximately 47’ high by 107’ wide with a 15 HD pixel layout. Like most sports stadium screens by Daktronics, it will be capable of showing one large image to highlight live video and instant replays, and can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor recognition.
McLane Stadium will also include ribbon displays measuring a total of 1,254’ in length. These ribbons will cover the horse shoe configuration of the stadium and display multiple sponsors, in-game statistics, out-of-town scores and crowd prompts.
All of these displays will incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility while providing multiple levels of protection from the elements, helping every fan to see the game in the best quality.
The installation also includes a Daktronics fixed-digit scoreboard providing score, time outs left, down and distance, game time remaining, and quarter information. Austin-Commercial, a construction firm that has a growing sports stadium portfolio will serve as the general contractor on the project and coordinate the installation with Daktronics.
Daktronics will also be including its powerful Show Control System with this installation. This system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.
In addition to the equipment installation, Baylor will also receive a bank of hours for the creation of digital content to be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services. This content will consist of any mixture of sponsorship messages, crowd prompts, headshots, game opens and venue announcements at the request of the university.
McLane Stadium replaces Floyd Casey Stadium as the new home to Baylor Bears football. The construction of McLane Stadium is one of the largest projects in Central Texas history. Built along the Brazos River, the new $260 million dollar on-campus stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2014 football season opener. The stadium will be able to seat 45,000 people and with future expansions 55,000. McLane Stadium is expected to have a positive economic impact on Central Texas as well as becoming one of the most dynamic and premier football stadiums in the country.