Huge Daktronics display to be installed at Grand Forks arena

Courtesy illustration/Daktronics: This is a conceptual rendering of the centerhung Daktronics display which will be installed in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

BROOKINGS – Daktronics of Brookings has continued a partnership with Ralph Engelstad Arena to install the largest centerhung LED video display in college hockey in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Installation is slated for the summer of 2019 and will be live for the following hockey season.

“We are constantly searching for ways to enhance the fan experience,” said Jody Hodgson, general manager of Ralph Engelstad Arena. “Our new centerhung video board will be the biggest and best in all of college hockey. It will provide approximately four times the amount of video space compared with our current display.  

“We’re not going to stop with a new video board. Our goal is to create the most digitally advanced hockey arena in the country. The new fascia, new entrance displays, new control room, new cameras and new lighting system are going to be fantastic improvements for our fans.”

The new centerhung display will measure approximately 15.5 feet high by 135 feet wide to bring a massive viewing experience totaling 2,100 square feet for Fighting Hawks hockey fans and special event goers. 

This display is capable of variable content zoning allowing it to show one large image or be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Ralph Engelstad Arena,” said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. “Since the building opened, we have been trusted with enhancing an already great game-day environment and this new display system will entertain and impact the game-day atmosphere even more. This system, which includes the largest centerhung in collegiate hockey, will provide a digital canvas in a variety of areas within the arena offering many opportunities to inform and entertain fans. We are excited to see this new system in operation this upcoming summer and next season.”

The centerhung configuration will also include an upper ring measuring 145.5 feet in circumference and a lower ring measuring 129 feet in circumference, both rings measuring 3 feet high. Two underbelly displays will each measure 9.5 feet high by 11.5 feet wide to appeal to those seated closer to the ice. All centerhung displays will feature 6-millimeter line spacing.

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