Iowa seeks $8 million to upgrade video and audio at Kinnick Stadium

Iowa seeks $8 million to upgrade video and audio at Kinnick Stadium

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he gameday experience at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium could be in for a boost.

kinnickNext week the Iowa Board of Regents will consider a proposal to install a new $8 million HD video display and sound system, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The proposal states that Daktronics would install a large video screen in the south end zone. There would also be video displays in each corner of the north end zone, along with a thin ribbon board running video along seats on the stadium’s north end.

No details on the size of the new boards were provided. Iowa’s current 67 foot by 21.5 foot main video board is the ninth largest in Big Ten.

The regents board is scheduled to meet April 24-25. If approved, Iowa’s video and audio upgrade will continue a conference trend.

Illinois is expected to complete a major video and audio upgrade by early summer that will replace Memorial Stadium’s current 22 foot by 39 foot main board with a 36 foot tall by 96 feet wide HD board. Illinois’ new board, also made by Daktronics, is one of the 20 largest in the country and the sixth largest video board in the Big Ten.

Penn State planned to replace their existing video board with two large HD boards and an accompanying speaker system in time for the 2012 season, but that project was pushed back and is now expected to be done in time for the 2014 season opener.

That project originally was budgeted for $6.8 million and was to feature two large HD video boards and an accompanying speaker system.

Big Ten Video Display Boards
Area (sq ft) Dimensions
Michigan State 5,412 114.8 x 47.2
Ohio State 5,208 124 x 42
Minnesota 5,184 108 x 48
Michigan 3,991 84.8 x 47.1
Nebraska 3,951 117.6 x 33.6
Illinois 3,456 96 x 36
Indiana 3,276 91 x 36
Purdue 2,158 68.5 x 31.5
Iowa 1,441 67 x 21.5
Wisconsin 1,032 43 x 24
Northwestern 432 24 x 18

Note: Penn State is not listed.

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