PITTSBURG, Kan. - Pittsburg State announced on Monday that the University will be getting an upgrade to its video board at Carnie Smith Stadium.
The existing video board will be switched out for a new HD LED board that features around 1,560 square feet of video space.
The project is funded entirely through a private donation from former Pitt State football player and 1969 graduate Bob Leppke. Pittsburg State Athletic Director Jim Johnson says the University is lucky to have the support from a former Gorilla, and that it was time for an upgrade for the "Jungletron."
"Saturday's at Carnie Smith, most people were just hoping for a victory in football," Johnson says, "I was hoping the video board would come on. It had seen its better days, there's no question. It really is hard to believe how quickly some of those things can become obsolete and hard to get parts for and service plans. Certainly it was state-of-the-art when it was put up in 2008. We're going to replace it with what's state-of-the-art now in 2019."
The existing pedestals to the video board, including the Tommy Riggs dedication plaque will remain in place at the stadium. The new video board will be unveiled at Pitt State football's home opener against Emporia State on September 14th.
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Daktronics has partnered with Pittsburg State University to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for their football and outdoor track & field venue, Carnie Smith Stadium. Approximately 1,560 square feet of LED video space will be unveiled this fall at the Gorillas home football opener against Emporia State University on Sept. 14. Construction will begin Monday, July 15.
The new LED video display will replace the top portion of the existing "Jungletron" video board that was installed in 2008. The existing pedestals to the video board, including the Tommy Riggs Dedication Plaque, will remain in place.
The project has been made possible entirely through private funding thanks to a generous gift from former Gorilla football player, 1969 Pittsburg State graduate, Mr. R.W. Leppke, owner of ProMaxima MFG Strength & Conditioning in Houston, Texas.
In 2015, Mr. Leppke donated all of the fitness equipment in the 11,000 square foot ProMaxima Strength & Conditioning Center, providing Pittsburg State student-athletes with some the very best training equipment available in today's marketplace.
"It is a pleasure dealing with all the great people at Pittsburg State University and I am honored to make donations to PSU to help coaches and student-athletes be successful," said Mr. Leppke.
"Pitt State Athletics is excited to partner with Daktronics on this important project," PSU athletic director Jim Johnson said. "Showcasing the best game day experience in NCAA Division II is extremely important. When the university debuted the "Jungletron" 11 years ago it set the bar for game day experience at a Division II football game. Now, due to wear and tear over the course of time as well as the changes in technology this is an appropriate time to revitalize that tremendous game day atmosphere with this new display."
"Private giving always is so critical to our success at Pittsburg State University," PSU President Steve Scott said. "We are blessed to have so many loyal and supportive friends of the university like Mr. Leppke who help us nurture and cultivate transformational experiences for our students and our community as well as our alumni and friends of Pittsburg State."
The new end zone display will measure nearly 23 feet high by 68.5 feet wide. It will feature a 15HD pixel layout to bring excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility to fans in every seat. Industry-leading environmental protection ensure the display will perform at optimal levels during any weather.
"On behalf of everyone at Daktronics, I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Pittsburg State University for choosing us for these exciting new technology updates for Carnie Smith Stadium," said Ryan Kuzman, Daktronics sales representative. "This new display and scoring equipment, along with our new state-of-the-art Show Control System, will be delivered to elevate the Gorilla GameDay fan experience to everyone who attends an event."
The display is capable of variable content zoning which allows it to show one large image or multiple zones of differing content. Live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages can be shown individually or simultaneously on the screen to cater to every moment of the event.
Daktronics will also be including its powerful Show Control System with this installation. This industry-leading system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution. For more information on Show Control, visit www.daktronics.com/show.
In addition to the equipment installation, the university will also receive a content package that will be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services.
A new custom scoreboard, new game clock, two new delay of game clocks and three new locker room clocks will also be included and integrated with the installation.
Daktronics has grown with the sports industry from the company's beginnings in 1968. Today, the company has LED video display installations at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. For more information on what Daktronics can provide for the collegiate market, visit www.daktronics.com/college.
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