Cougs raise the bar with new scoreboard

THE NEW SCOREBOARD coming to Washington State for the 2013 football season is huge. The new video display is 73 feet wide and 36 feet high and features the latest Daktronics LED video technology. The video board will be more than double the size of the previous display, according to WSU. It also will have four times the resolution and will produce a wider, most consistent viewing angle.

It will be one of the few High Definition Video Displays in college football and its 1708 horizontal scan lines of image display resolution (or 1708 pixels of vertical resolution) exceeds the high definition standard.

The main display and new LED ribbon board cost about $3.5 million. The main display will be anchored in the east end adjacent to Stadium Way.

The LED ribbon board display will measure 4 feet tall by 347 feet wide and run along the premium seating side of Martin Stadium.

Just five years ago, the Cougs put in a new scoreboard that was more than five stories wide at a cost of $2.4 million. But these new displays are bigger and better in every way.

Both the video and ribbon boards will display game statistics and information, out of town scores, along with graphics, animations, crowd prompts and opportunities for partner-related elements.

The Daktronics custom audio system, which will be integrated with the video and scoring system, is engineered to provide full-range sound reproduction and deliver clear and intelligible speech at Martin Stadium.

The result, says WSU, will be a powerful audio experience for all those in attendance and is similar to the largest stadium audio systems that Daktronics installs. A few other high profile stadiums that have combined high performance audio and video systems designed, engineered and installed by Daktronics are at Illinois' Memorial Stadium, Wisconsin's Camp Randall, Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium, Utah's Rice Eccles Stadium, Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium and Oklahoma's Gaylord Family Stadium.

The Cougars open their 2013 season Aug. 31 at Auburn. The first home game is against Southern Utah on Sept. 14. Fans at the home opener will also notice the continued construction of the $61 million football operations building in the west end zone.

"The video and audio systems we are installing, along with the premium seating and soon to be completed football operations building will make Martin Stadium one of the premier venues in college athletics," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

By way of comparison... The NFL's Seattle Seahawks installed two new video boards last year, one was 44 feet wide by 50 feet high and the other was 84 wide and 24 feet high. (Again, the Cougs' main board is 73 feet high and 36 feet high.) The Seahawks also installed a 460 foot wide LED ribbon that is 3 feet high. (The Cougs LED ribbon is 347 feet wide and 4 feet tall.)

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