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Installation of Daktronics HD video boards, sound system set to begin

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Commonwealth Stadium's new high definition displays, located at the end of each end zone, will each measure 37 feet high by 80 feet wide. (photo courtesy of Daktronics) Commonwealth Stadium's new high definition displays, located at the end of each end zone, will each measure 37 feet high by 80 feet wide. (artist rendering courtesy of Daktronics)
Two months from the start of the 2011 Kentucky football season, construction is set to get underway at Commonwealth Stadium for the installation of a new high definition video and sound system.

Removal of the two old scoreboards, located at the end of each end zone, will begin on Monday. After the removal is complete, installation of the new Daktronics HD-X scoreboard will commence in early August. The additions will also include a digital ribbon board that will surround the interior of the seating bowl, a new sound system and a high definition control room.

The structure that the old scoreboards were mounted on will stay in place at Commonwealth Stadium, with the exception of the front facing. The new light-emitting diode displays will be mounted onto the existing structure.

Commonwealth's facelift is expected to be completed in time for Kentucky's home opener against Central Michigan on Sept. 10.

"The addition of this new Daktronics system will provide our fans with an outstanding audio-visual experience, one that is among the biggest and best in all of college football," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "We are pleased to be working with Daktronics on this high definition upgrade to the stadium. We believe our fans, alumni and sponsors will be excited and thrilled with what the new system brings to game day. We are looking forward to our opener on 9-10-11."

Each LED video board will measure approximately 37 feet high by 80 feet wide (2,960 square feet), making each display the 15th-largest scoreboard in the college football. Combined, the 5,920 square feet will make the new video boards one of the largest scoreboard systems in the country.

With the addition of the video and sound system, which is expected to cost close to $6 million (demolition and installation included), UK Athletics has invested more than $14 million in renovations and upgrades to football facilities at Commonwealth Stadium, Nutter Training Center and Nutter Field House over the last six years.

The most visible components of the upgrade will be the two HD Daktronics scoreboards behind each end zone. Each display will provide live and recorded video in high definition, picture in picture capability, and multiple zones to show scores, statistics and sponsor information. According to Daktronics, it would take more than 550 42-inch flat panel screens to fill the space of each new end zone LED video board.

In addition to the end zone displays, Commonwealth Stadium will receive a facility first in the form of full-color ribbon boards that will encircle the interior of the seating bowl. The 14 digital ribbon displays will include additional statistics, scoring and timing information, animation, and other motion graphics. The digital ribbon boards will total more than 1,800 linear feet, with the two longest displays measuring more than 485 feet.

Commonwealth's upgrade won't just be for the eyes. Daktronics will also install a custom sound system. The Sportsound system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid- and high-range frequencies, and high-impact entertainment. Components of the sound system include a main speaker cluster behind the end zone, under-balcony speakers and concourse speakers.

The video and audio equipment will be operated with a high definition front end control system designed by Daktronics.

"We are very excited to work with the University of Kentucky on this project," Daktronics Sales Manager Will Ellerbruch said in a release. "The Wildcats play in one of college football's most prestigious conference. This upgrade will make SEC football in Lexington even more exciting."
More than 1,800 linear feet of Commonwealth Stadium's interior seating bowl will be decorated with LED ribbon boards. (photo courtesy of Daktronics) More than 1,800 linear feet of Commonwealth Stadium's interior seating bowl will be decorated with LED ribbon boards. (artist rendering courtesy of Daktronics)

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So does this mean they are removing the "CM Newton Field" signs in the end zones?

No C.M. Newton Field signs will remain..as they should..

I can't wait to see and hear the new system on 9-10. I'll be interested to see how the former greats will be remembered with the new "ribbon" boards apparently replacing the Ring of Honor. The artists conception looks impressive....and optimistic! KY-28 Auburn-7?

This is a great thing for fans attending games at Commonwealth Stadium. I particularly like the ribbon boards that will now be in place. A great addition! Always enjoyable to see ribbon boards at a stadium which seem to enhance the experience.

Love it. Sure hope they use it to help get the crowd fired up!! Maybe do away with the "drive home weather", which is so stupid. Late in the 4th quarter, when the fans should be on the feet and cheering for the Cats, here comes the drive home weather report. I have never seen this at any other SEC football games, they all show clips of the team, maybe highlights, some basketball clips, heck anything to get everyone fired up, NOT the "drive home weather"

now we just have to find a way to increase capacity to 80,000.

Are you getting new videos too? Sorry to say, but they have been pretty bad and boring the last few years. Especially, last years' team introduction. I thought their purpose was to pump the crowd up, not reinforce to stay seated and silent. I've been to every home/away games up through the Brooks era, and it's unfortunate that our Gameday atmosphere has been put to shame by every SEC school, even Vandy. Hopefully, we are in for a surprise.

When does Fan day start on August 6th.

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