New Video Board Dramatically Upgrades Rice Stadium Fan Experience

June 27, 2016

By Chuck Pool ( -

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Rice Owls football fans will soon enjoy a dramatically enhanced experience during games at Rice Stadium when the installation of a new scoreboard and sound system is completed prior to the start of the 2016 season.

Rice Athletics and IMG College selected Daktronics to provide the new scoreboard and sound system as part of the new Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center in the north end zone of historic Rice Stadium.

Daktronics is currently installing a new main video display and audio façades, a unique application of free-form LED elements in front of a speaker system. Primary installation is currently underway and should be fully operational for the 2016 college football season.

“This new audio and video platform is a game-changer for our fans,” Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard said. “It represents a quantum leap forward in the fan experience at Rice Stadium, placing Rice at the forefront of the latest innovations in fan engagement from both a visual and audio standpoint as well as our overall video production capabilities. Our fans have been passionate about the need to dramatically upgrade these areas and we believe this installation is the kind of cutting-edge leap forward one associates with Rice University.“

The main video display, which will be the largest and highest quality ever installed at Rice, will measure 29 feet high by 49 feet wide and will feature a 13HD pixel layout for excellent image quality and contrast with wide-angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the stadium. The display is capable of showing one large image or it can be divided into multiple windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.

Rice Stadium will also feature two acoustically transparent video displays in front of the venue’s speaker systems. These free-form LED stick applications will measure 29 feet high by 10 feet wide to provide additional video and graphics capabilities in a space typically used for fixed signage. These displays will provide flexibility to show multiple sponsorship messages throughout an event or additional graphics to pump up the crowd at key moments during the game.

Rice is the second school in the country to implement the new technology and this installation is the largest of its kind.

"We’re happy to be partnering with Rice University to upgrade the video technology in their football stadium," said Dan Fjeldheim, Daktronics sales representative. "The main display will enhance the fan experience at every event and the new audio façade over their speaker system will provide an extra element to their game-day production that few schools have today. We’re excited to see the completed project making an impact for Rice football games this season."





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