By Rachel Anna Neff, Ph.D.
UTEP News Service
The University of Texas at El Paso has been sprucing up during its Centennial year, and Sun Bowl Stadium and the Don Haskins Center are not being left out of the campus update.
This summer, the University is partnering with Daktronics to provide light-emitting diode (LED) displays for Sun Bowl Stadium and the Don Haskins Center. Sun Bowl Stadium will receive four new LED displays and the Don Haskins Center will receive two. An additional marquee display will be installed outside the University Ticket Center, replacing the current light bulb display with a modern LED screen.
“These new boards will enhance the fan experience,” said Bob Stull, director of athletics. “They will be a great addition to our facilities.”
The additions include a new, end zone LED display measuring 34 feet by 60 feet, nearly quadrupling the area for digital display as compared to the current board. Fans in the stadium will enjoy a main screen that can divide into separate windows to show multiple types of data, statistics, graphics and animation, scoring information and sponsor advertisements. The LED technology will provide wide-angle visibility and excellent image clarity and contrast.
Two auxiliary displays also will be installed in the corners of the end zone with the main display. Measuring 6 feet by 90 feet, each display features a high-definition pixel layout. At the opposite end zone, a 4-foot by 96-foot ribbon display will provide supplemental game statistics, graphics and animation.
In addition to the new video displays, the stadium will receive a custom Daktronics audio system, which will be integrated with the video and scoring system to provide full-range sound reproduction capable of delivering clear and intelligible speech.
Inside the Don Haskins Center, two LED video displays measuring approximately 13 feet by 40 feet will be installed. Like the screens in Sun Bowl Stadium, the displays in the Don Haskins Center will be able to highlight one large image for live video and instant replays and also divide into separate windows to provide other game information, statistics and sponsor messages.
The Don Haskins Center will receive other equipment including locker room clocks, shot clocks, a backboard lighting kit and a Daktronics software interface capable of managing and displaying game, season and career statistics.
The new, larger video boards are designed to need minimal maintenance and to consume less power. Once completed, the end zone display in Sun Bowl Stadium will be the largest of any Conference USA football stadium.
“The technology has changed significantly since these other [older] boards were put in nearly 15 years ago,” said Dan Fjeldheim, sales representative for Daktronics.
Removal and salvage of the old video boards began Wednesday, May 28. Daktronics plans to finish the installation of the screens in Sun Bowl Stadium by late August, in anticipation of the UTEP vs. Texas Tech football game Sept. 6.
The installation of the video boards in the Don Haskins Center will begin in September and finish by the opening of basketball season in November.