Daktronics Display at Columbus Crew Stadium Unharmed Following Fire

On April 27, the stadium sound system at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, caught fire just before a match between Columbus Crew and D.C. United.

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On April 27, the sound system at Crew Stadium in Columbus caught fire just before a Major League Soccer match between the Crew and D.C. United.

According to Daktronics, its video display and scoreboard “were not the cause of the fire and did not catch fire.”

“The Columbus Fire Department Inspector’s report stated the fire started in the subwoofer cabinet of the audio system and was electrical in nature,” said Ryan Smith, Crew Stadium General Manager. “We were very pleased the video board was not damaged.

“The Daktronics team was very responsive and great to work with as we assessed the situation and were able to utilize the video board for our next home game the following weekend. We’d like to thank Daryl Mihal and his team for all their support.”

As one of the first ever video systems in professional soccer, the video display and scoreboard were installed in 1999. This equipment was in working condition the next day and in regular use at the next match played at Crew Stadium.