Panasonic Teams with Virginia Tech to Upgrade Lane Stadium and
Cassell Coliseum Video Scoreboards
New, larger scoreboards boast higher quality displays for a more immersive fan and sponsorship experience
Blacksburg, VA, August 21, 2013 – Panasonic Eco Solutions North America announced that it has been selected by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Athletics Department to upgrade the existing video scoreboard structure in Lane Stadium with a new high definition LED display and replace two existing video scoreboard cabinets in Cassell Coliseum with larger, higher quality LED video displays. The project is anticipated to be completed this month, in time for the football season’s first home game on September 7.
“We are committed to bringing the best possible game experience to our fans, which includes providing them real-time statistics, replays, sponsorship messaging, and engaging audience participation activities,” said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech, Director of Athletics. “Panasonic offered us a way to achieve our objective with their video scoreboard solution, which will be larger and better than what we currently have, something we know will appeal to our incredible fans.”
Lane Stadium, the home of Virginia Tech Hokie football, will install a new 19mm pixel pitch Surface Mount Diode (SMD) outdoor LED video scoreboard system with a true high definition display. The videoboard, which is 45.35 feet high by 95.75 feet wide, will be integrated with a new control system that allows layers of real-time video and audio to be instantly served along with game scores, statistics, news, and other information.
The university’s basketball team will also enjoy an upgraded video scoreboard system in Cassell Coliseum. The existing scoreboards on both ends of the arena will be replaced by 18.11 foot high by 29.13 foot wide 10mm pixel pitch SMD indoor LED video scoreboards with four 9.45 foot high by 12.6 foot wide 10mm pixel pitch SMD LED boards to the left and right of the main screen, all integrated with a new control system. Additionally, the renovation will showcase a scoring system, which includes shot clocks and locker room clocks among other features. The state-of-the-art display will not only enhance the fan experience, but provide additional sponsorship revenues inside the venues as well.
“With these upgraded video scoreboards, Virginia Tech will enhance the fan experience and provide an expanded platform for sponsors,” said Richard Ballard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “With the fully integrated systems, Virginia Tech will have greater game day flexibility in activating messaging, real-time statistics and live playback of events.”
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872, is a leading research institution with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. The university has a robust athletics program, with Lane Stadium considered to be one of the loudest stadiums in the country, thanks to a highly active fan base.
About Panasonic Eco Solutions North America
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Panasonic Corporation was recently ranked number four in Interbrand’s “Best Global Green Brands 2013”, moving up two spots from number six, becoming the highest ranked electronics brand in the report. Panasonic Eco Solutions develops and provides customized and integrated technology-based system solutions for enterprise customers in a variety of industries such as sports, entertainment and digital outdoor. Additionally, the company supplies renewable energy and energy-efficiency solutions to corporate and public sector organizations. For more information visit: http://us.panasonic.com and http://us.panasonic.com/business/pesna/.
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