New Kinnick scoreboard near completion

BY RYAN YOUNG | JULY 31, 2013 5:00 AM

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Kinnick Stadium’s most recent facelift is nearing completion.

Workers on Tuesday were putting the finishing touches on several new scoreboards that were recently added to the historic stadium.

Two new video walls have been installed in the north end of Kinnick. These video walls are significantly larger than the old video walls, spanning approximately 21½ feet tall by 38 feet wide.
Each video wall will provide a high definition display and will be 82 percent larger than what was previously available.

“Our fans asked for larger video than what’s been available in the past, and that’s what the new technology will deliver,” said Rick Klatt, Iowa’s associate athletics director for external relations in a release last week.

The north end also sports a new 8-foot tall “ribbon board” that extends the length of the end zone. The ribbon board will be used to broadcast game info, scores, high-definition video, and advertising.

The south scoreboard underwent some changes, too. It now has the ability to display high-definition video in a 120-foot-wide space. There are also two small boards placed over the locker room tunnels. The south scoreboard will be the place fans can look to in order to find game data. It will include all of the information that is required by the coaching staffs and student-athletes of both teams, and the game officials.

The scoreboards at Kinnick Stadium have not been updated since 2005, when the south scoreboard was installed. Since then, the Athletics Department has had a growing cry for better, newer technology.

In a recent survey taken by the Athletics Department, an increase in video displayed in Kinnick was the second-most-popular request among season-ticket holders.

“Think about the television sets in your own home, the amount of technology change just since 2005,” Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a release. “Well, that’s what’s happened with our video boards. When we put them in in 2005, they were state-of-the-art. Since then, HD has come along.”

The total cost of the project is projected at $9 million; Daktronics Inc. is doing the work. The project is being paid by the Athletic Department in full, without the use of tax dollars or tuition money.

While the new boards are not yet 100 percent complete, officials have tested the south board, and they plan to test the new video boards in the north end zone in the next few weeks.

Officials also said that they don’t anticipate any issues with the project being done before the Hawkeyes open their season on Aug. 31 against Northern Illinois.

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