Panasonic Screens Deliver Excitement at West Virginia
Sports at West Virginia University are becoming more exciting,
engaging, and profitable these days, thanks to a major installation of large-screen LED systems from Panasonic System Solutions Co. At Mountaineer
Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and in the Coliseum, Panasonic LED boards are generating
excitement while helping the university raise revenue, providing a significant
and nearly immediate return on investment.
signage in the south end zone at the 60,000-seat Mountaineer Field features
an 85- x 23-foot Panasonic 22.5mm LED screen for replays. The university creates its own programming using ClickEffects content-management
software, which can partition the screen into multiple sections to
simultaneously display video and graphics.
Panasonic 306-foot-long full-color 24mm LED fascia boards running along the mezzanine edge display advertiser promotions and high-energy graphics
that encourage fan participation and inspire athletes. Two additional Panasonic
LED auxiliary matrix boards in each end zone are slated to replace older
discrete digital scoring systems and will display a variety of in-game
statistics. All the screens also display messaging, game statistics, and
sponsor advertising, a source of revenue for the university.
“The fascia boards really changed the character of the stadium,” says Russ Sharp, senior associate athletic director at West Virginia University. “We’re able to highlight great plays and keep the video going for as long as we want without tying up the main video board. And the ability to scroll graphics on the fascia boards gives us even more options to promote our team and generate advertising revenue. It’s a complete package.”
In the 14,000-seat WVU Coliseum, the new LEDs stand out as the arena lights are dimmed for the national anthem, and continue to shine just as brightly when the lights come back on for the game. The center-hung, four-sided Panasonic LED video replay system with two round LED halo boards above and below provide replays, live event coverage, and real-time statistics, while messaging and sponsor advertising are shown on all the screens. Two additional Panasonic LED auxiliary matrix boards in each backcourt zone replace older systems, and a new LED scorer’s table installed courtside will display in-game statistics. The total experience is enhanced by a new Panasonic-designed and -installed audio system.
Panasonic video replay systems are capable of displaying both standard-definition and HD content in vivid colors, while the modular format allows easy maintenance of the boards without disruption.