Daktronics displays razzle-dazzle Etihad Arena


Etihad Arena receives new centerhung Image: Daktronics

The American sign manufacturing company Daktronics has partnered with the Etihad Arena to design, manufacture and install a new five-display centerhung system and freeform marquee display at the venue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

‘DAKTRONICS’ stated that installation was recently completed in 2023 and the system has been in use for premier events to entertain and inform audiences.

Daktronics is an American company based in Brookings, South Dakota, that designs, manufactures, sells, and services video displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, dynamic message signs, sound systems, and related products. It was founded in 1968 by two South Dakota State University professors.

Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format light-emitting diode (LED) video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, audio systems, and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into a world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe.

The Etihad Arena is an indoor arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, located on the Yas Bay Waterfront district of Yas Island. Designed by HOK, the capacity of the venue is 18,000 and it is operated by Ethara.

Centerhung System Details

‘DAKTRONICS’ further stated that the centerhung comprises four main video displays, one facing each direction while hanging from the center of the arena. Each display measures four meters high by seven meters wide. Below these four displays sits a ring display measuring one meter high by 22 meters in circumference. All five displays feature a tight 2.6-millimeter pixel spacing to deliver crisp, clear imagery to audiences in every seat.

The four main video displays are capable of variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple different zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, statistics, graphics and animations, and other arena messages. The ring display can provide supplemental information to the main displays while also providing the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events.

Maintained Mathieu Verbraken of Daktronics Dubai, “It’s rewarding to work with professional teams such as the ones at Miral and Etihad Arena. The displays are on par with the world class status of this venue. We look forward to the many nice shows our displays will support.”

Abu Dhabi (UAE)-based the Miral Group is the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences in Abu Dhabi that contributes to the growth of the leisure and entertainment industry and Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification. It conceives, creates, operates, and manages immersive destinations and experiences that attract visitors from across the world to create unforgettable memories, accelerating the realization of the Emirate’s tourism vision and growth. It is also responsible for the development of the Yas Island.

The Yas Island is an island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It occupies a total land area of 25 km². It is a leisure island and one of the largest tourism projects in Abu Dhabi.

Outside the arena, a marquee display is created using freeform LED elements. These transparent elements are mounted to the building’s exterior and form a display measuring nine meters high by 32 meters wide. Pixel spacing is 10.4-millimeter high by 20.8-millimeters wide and when viewed from a distance combine to deliver a fully visible video image and other digital content.

The versatility of this marquee allows it to promote upcoming events while also delivering sponsorship messages and other arena announcements.

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