New Kinnick Stadium Video Board Making Progress

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

Workers install the new HD video screen in the scoreboard of the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Iowa City. The $9 million project includes a new HD video board and sound system in the south end zone, as well as two new HD video displays and a ribbon display in the north end zone. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The old, outdated video board at Kinnick Stadium started coming down in early May. It’s early June and now the new one is on its way to being installed.

The video board/sound upgrades will be up and running for Iowa’s home football schedule this fall. The financing package the board approved for that Kinnick project totals $8 million, but they expect the total cost of everything will be $9 million because of the increase in bids on a portion of the project.

The existing video walls, control room equipment and sound system at Kinnick are eight years old, UI officials told The Gazette.

The company handling the project is Daktronics, Inc. As per usual, the Iowa athletics department will foot this bill using no tax or tuition cash.

The project includes a large screen video display system within the existing south end zone structure, video displays in the northeast and northwest end zone corners and a ribbon display to be installed above the seating along the north side of Kinnick Stadium.

That ribbon display will show game information, video, scores and advertising. In addition to those four video displays, the purchase request also includes two game clocks and four play clocks.

The South End Zone video board:

• Overall Dimensions
31’6.4″ Tall x 122’8.8″ Wide

• 15mm HD Video Display
624 lines of resolution x
2448 columns of resolution

• Optional 13mm HD Video Display
728 lines of resolution x
2856 columns of resolution

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