Daktronics LED displays for Harvard Stadium



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Harvard Stadium with new Daktronics display Image: Daktronics

Continuing a longstanding relationship with the Harvard University, Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, in conjunction with the Scoreboard Enterprises (manufacturer in Mansfield, Massachusetts), was asked to manufacture and install new LED technology for the Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts (US) for football and the Gordon Indoor Track for track and field events.

‘Daktronics’ stated that the project was installed over the Winter months and is currently ready for the 2023 calendar year and the upcoming events.

The Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1636 as the Harvard College and named for its first benefactor, the Puritan clergyman John Harvard, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

The Harvard Stadium is a U-shaped college football stadium in Northeast United States, located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts (US). The stadium is owned and operated by the Harvard University and is home to the Harvard Crimson football program. The stadium’s seating capacity is 30,323.

The Gordon Track contains a six-lane banked oval with an adjacent 80-yard sprint straight. Inside the track are two long and triple jump pits, a pole vault runway and multiple high jump aprons. Adjacent to the oval are two throwing circles and a weight lifting cage.

The Harvard Crimson football program represents Harvard University in college football at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Harvard’s football program is one of the oldest in the world, having begun competing in the sport in 1873.

Indianapolis (US)-based the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student-athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA, is the second-highest level of college football in the United States, after the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Daktronics is an American company based in Brookings, South Dakota (US) 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 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 the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe.

Said Imry Halevi, Associate Director of Athletics, Content and Strategic Communications at Harvard University, “Daktronics videoboards continue to be the centerpiece of our in-game fan entertainment and engagement initiatives. These new state-of-the-art boards will enable us to continue serving our dedicated and loyal fans, and to improve the gameday atmosphere and environment for our football and track and field student-athletes.”
 

Harvard Stadium

‘Daktronics’ further stated that football and other events using the stadium are enhanced using a new end zone video display and ribbon display at the Harvard Stadium. The video display measures nearly 17 feet high by 45 feet wide and the ribbon display measures 3.5 feet high by 90 feet wide. Both feature 10-millimeter pixel spacings to deliver game information, statistics and graphics that fans expect on gameday.

The main display is capable of variable content zoning which allows it to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones of content to entertain and engage fans. The ribbon allows the opportunity to keep game information shown at all times as well as the ability to highlight sponsors throughout events.
 

Gordon Indoor Track

To bring new light to event results inside the Gordon Indoor Track, Daktronics delivered a video display measuring approximately 11.5 feet high by 15 feet wide. It features 5.9-millimeter pixel spacing allowing for crisp, clear imagery and the ability to showcase individual event results as well as other track and field data and messaging.

Stated Peter Dunkle, Daktronics Sales Representative, “Working together with our longtime reseller Scoreboard Enterprises in the New England region, Daktronics is very proud to work with Craig Lee and his team to upgrade the event presentation at the historical Harvard Stadium as well as add a beautiful new indoor video screen and track results display at the Gordon Track.”

Daktronics will also be including a complete Show Control solution. This industry-leading control system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration, and playback hardware that forms a powerful yet user-friendly production solution.

In addition to the equipment installation, the Harvard University will also receive a digital content package to be produced and delivered by the Daktronics Creative Services.

Daktronics has grown with the sports industry from the company’s beginnings in 1968. Today, the company has LED video display installations at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States.

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