Update: New details on VCU’s new center hung scoreboard and sound system

A mockup of VCU's new center-hung scoreboard taken from the official press release.
A mockup of VCU’s new center hung scoreboard taken from the official press release.

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Daktronics announced it will manufacture and install a center hung LED video display system at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. The center is home to the university’s basketball and volleyball programs.

“The experience we have had with Daktronics from day one has been wonderful and seamless,” Tim Lampe, senior associate athletic director for VCU, said. “From the sales process with Charley Bocklet, to the design aspect of the project with Sheldon Malcom, the entire project could not have been more professionally managed, especially as we integrate a new Daktronics sound system with the centerhung display and ribbon board. I have worked with Daktronics for many years on various projects and have established very high expectations from Daktronics; however, I continue to be amazed at their level of knowledge, caring, and efficiency surrounding each project as well as the outstanding quality of the equipment and service.”

The Siegel Center will be updating their arena’s current video display with a centerhung and bottom ring display. The centerhung will include four LED video displays, all featuring 10 millimeter line spacing and measuring approximately 11.5 feet high by 15.5 wide. The bottom ring display also features 10 millimeter line spacing and will measure 2 feet high by 15.5 feet wide in circumference.

The four main video displays can show live video, instant replays, graphics and animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information, and sponsorship messages.

The centerhung and ring display will be suspended over the court and can be raised and lowered using a custom-designed, permanently-installed hoist system from Daktronics. This system, which incorporates the latest in hoisting technology and safety, will be used to support the display at varying elevations depending on the arena’s needs, the company said.

The arena will also feature one ribbon display that incorporates 10 millimeter line spacing and measures approximately 2.5 feet high by 136 feet wide. This display will provide the opportunity to further showcase sponsors throughout events as well as providing additional statistics and game information.

Along with the video displays, the Siegel Center will also receive a custom arena sound system, content package and Show Control system.

The arena’s custom audio system will be integrated with the video and scoring and system. The system will provide full-range sound reproduction, will deliver clear and intelligible speech, and will be able to provide a powerful and high quality audio experience for fans, the company said.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our student athletes, fans and community members, and I think the addition of the new sound system, centerhung display and ribbon board will greatly enhance these experiences,” Lampe said. “The addition of these new amenities will also help drive more business to our arena, which helps increase the visibility of Virginia Commonwealth University.”

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