Videos

Pontiac Silverdome finally demolished after failed first attempt

They don’t make them like they used to. It took two attempts for the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, to bite the dust. Still standing after the first implosion, it was finally demolished by a second blast to the upper section of the stadium, which has stood in Michigan since 1975

Click image to view video

Watch the Qudos Bank Arena transform for supercross

The team at the Qudos Bank Arena – widely known as the Sydney Super Dome – transforms the indoor arena into a supercross track ahead of the Aus-X Open. The venue, which was built as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games project, is the largest permanent indoor sports arena in Australia.

Click image to view video

With this in mind, should designers of new stadia, or project managers of renovations, be looking at both on-field and off-field lighting as part of a single solution?


Join our
LinkedIn Group


News

Hampden Park installs two giant LED video displays as part of Euro 2020 preparation

Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium and the Scottish FA have partnered with Daktronics for the company to design, manufacture and install two new LED video displays. Installation of the new displays, which are twice the size of the previous systems, was completed this spring and are now ready to entertain and inform fans on game days.

“The screens are simply awesome, but also an integral part of making the Hampden match day a more interactive experience for fans,” says Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan. “They also create new advertisement and engagement opportunities for participating clubs, the Scottish FA itself and our sponsors and partners.”

The installation of two displays, each featuring 13HD pixel layouts and measuring 18ft high by 64.8ft wide, was part of a plan to improve the stadium infrastructure and boost the spectator experience for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 finals (for which Hampden Park is one of the host venues). Each display covers more than 1,075ft². One display is installed at each end of the stadium to bring excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility to fans throughout the venue.

“The displays really enhance spectator experience as they add terrific color and vibrancy to the stadium,” says Andrew Niven, the Scottish FA’s UEFA Euro 2020 project leader. “We spent time reviewing UEFA Euro 2016 to understand how we could achieve full integration of the event and provide full infotainment to the spectators. We believe these new screens will enable Hampden Park to host a first-class UEFA Euro 2020.”

“Daktronics handled everything in a first-class manner and in a tight timeframe, from the decommissioning of the previous displays to the new steel frame and display installation through testing and programming,” says Hampden Park managing director Peter Dallas. “They succeeded through a robust tender process due to their quality, project management and final installation. They worked very well with all the parties involved to ensure every step of the process was approved and installed correctly. The result is an outstanding installation that we are delighted with.”

The displays are capable of variable content zoning, allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.

“With more display space, we’re able to share more digital content than before to bring our brands to life and provide more information for spectators,” adds Dallas. “Viewing logos in a more enticing, 3D-like environment makes the visual experience more interesting and draws eyes to the screen. Providing new player introductions and animated graphics helps to enhance key moments of the game, giving those moments more of an impact for our spectators. It’s a direct result of the bright colors of the new displays.”

“We’re thrilled to have been selected for this project and to provide a truly amazing experience for Hampden Park, the fans and the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 tournament,” says Ewan Prentice, Daktronics regional manager. “After the successful installation, we look forward to supporting Hampden Park and the Scottish FA in the future as they host many prestigious and exciting events.”

June 7, 2017

Written by Matt Ross


RECEIVE THE
LATEST NEWS


Your email address:



Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

One-on-one: Jorge Jusdado, director, Philips Lighting Spain and Portugal

Stadia speaks to Philips Lighting’s Jorge Jusdado about the company’s role in installation of the lighting system at Wanda Metropolitano
Click here to read more



Mercedes-Benz Stadium becomes first LEED platinum stadium

Home of the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL’s newest stadium, has been recognized as one of the most sustainable venues in the world
Click here to read more



Engineering support proves vital to Premier League upgrade undertaken at the John Smith's Stadium

Design and engineering company partners with stadium operators to improve the 24,120-seat venue in line with Premier League standards
Click here to read more



Multipurpose Place Bell opens in Laval, Quebec

New 10,000-seat hockey arena also features Olympic and NHL facilities, and can host performance events
Click here to read more



Reality check

Industry experts discuss the future of stadia technology at the AspireTech conference
Click here to read more




Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the stadia industry. Want to see your company included? Contact john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the stadia community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to matt.ross@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com