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Kinnick Stadium to receive new video screen, sound system

BY STACEY MURRAY | APRIL 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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Hawkeye football fans can anticipate watching replays with improved HawkVision this fall.

The state Board of Regents authorized the University of Iowa to enter an $8 million agreement to fund a new video system and sound system for Kinnick.

The project is estimated to ultimately cost around $9 million. It will be funded through the Athletics Department and gifts as opposed to with tuition or tax dollars.

Athletics Director Gary Barta said the board would be finished in time for the 2013 football season, even though it will be a time crunch.

The new video display and sound system will be purchased from Daktronics Inc. for roughly $4.5 million.

The remainder of the budget will provide for installation costs, along with a new sound system and new control room to run video equipment in Kinnick Stadium.

The purchase will include a large screen video display system in the existing infrastructure, video screens in the northeast and northwest end zone corners, and a ribbon display above the seating in the north side of Kinnick.

Additionally, the purchase request includes two game clocks and two delay-of-game clocks.

The current video screens were purchased in 2005 but have become outdated with the advancement of technology.

“When we put them in in 2005, they were state-of-the-art,” Barta said. “Since then, HD has come along.”

Miscalculations in steel prices caused the budget for infrastructure to almost double from the initial estimate. The infrastructure budget is approximately $1.3 million.

But Barta maintains the project can move forward on budget and can be completed on time.

“We want to make sure we are providing … the tools for success, and facilities are always a part of that,” Barta said.


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