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New Scoreboard's Pixel Power

March 6, 2014, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

New Scoreboard's Pixel Power
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The largest LED TV around isn't mounted on the wall of your neighbor's man cave, it's perched atop center court at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. We got our first look Thursday at the giant electronic scoreboard that will provide a dazzling digital display for sports fans for years to come.

Crews working on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center reached a new milestone this week. They surpassed the 500th construction day. But then, who's keeping score? That would be Brookings-based Daktronics. 

It requires plenty of sturdy cables to do the heavy lifting of an object that weighs 24,000 pounds. This scoreboard which rose to the rafters inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will take scoreboard watching to new high-tech heights.

"The resolution is going to be incredible," Daktronics regional sales representative Matt Warnke said.

Every inch of this 19-foot-high 28-and-a-half foot long scoreboard is loaded with LED's. There's no space for old-fashioned fixed signage. Not with 1.8-million pixels firing up the crowd.

"So it's going to be all dynamic and be able to change content on every piece of that display," Warnke said.

It's all part of enhancing the viewing experience for sports fans accustomed to seeing wide-screen, high-def highlights from their living room couches.

"This kind of stuff really brings the excitement level so that people in the stands also get that high-resolution image on the screen but also get a lot of those crowd pumps and fun fan pieces that they wouldn't get at home," Warnke said.

Daktronics takes a lot of pride in building such a vital feature of the events center.

"It's in our backyard, it's home to us having the opportunity to work on a project so close and special and we look forward to the day that we get it fired up and show it off to fans and the people of Sioux Falls," Warnke said.

The scoreboard can also be adjusted in height according to the sport being play beneath it. It will hang lower for events like basketball and volleyball. Higher up for football. 

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will also feature South Dakota's first 360-degree ribbon LED display that completely encircles the upper deck. Daktronics hopes to throw the switch on a test of the scoreboard and ribbon display, later in April.

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