RWC2015: Daktronics displays in evidence at multiple venues
Thirteen of the UK’s stadiums have been selected as match venues for the RWC2015, with almost half of those utilising integrated LED video display systems designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics.
Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby, stands as the host venue for the event with the prestigious moments such as the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, the Semi-Finals and the Final, amongst others, all playing out here.
Twickenham Stadium incorporates four Daktronics LED video displays. Two large displays measuring 167 square metres and featuring a 13HD pixel layout are supported by a further two 8.82 square metre displays with 10 millimetre line spaced SMD LEDs. The screens can display one large image to highlight live video and instant replay, or divided into multiple sections for a variety of statistics, game information, graphics, animations and sponsor advertising.
The other match venues in London are England’s national football stadium, Wembley Stadium, and The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. These too deploy visual solutions designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics.
The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park installed two large curved LED video displays in time for the Rugby World Cup, each measuring 8 metres high by 26.7 metres wide to provide a combined display space of more than 420 square metres with a 15HD pixel layout for excellent image clarity and contrast with wide viewing angles. Every stadium seat is ensured a great view of the displays, with their variable content zoning to show one large image or multiple separate zones.
Wembley Stadium’s display system includes two main video displays with the curved aspect unique to Daktronics, and a ribbon display circling the entire interior of the stadium along the seating area. The two main LED video displays each measure 8.15 metres high by 23.88 meters wide, providing a combined display space of 382 square metres with 15HD pixel layout. The 20mm resolution ribbon display measures 0.75 metres by 612 metres in circumference.
Wembley Stadium, however, starts to inform and entertain its customers and sports fans long before they enter the stadium. Three large LED video displays welcome fans as they arrive to walk up to the stadium entrance. The main screen, measuring 7.69 metres high by 59.56 metres wide, is flanked by a further two displays each measuring 11.48 metres high by 19.96 metres wide.
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium also incorporates Daktronics technology. Two large LED video displays, one at either end of the playing pitch, measure 6.94metres high by 15.72 metres wide, providing 109 square metres of variable content zoned space.
Finally, Brighton Community Stadium boasts two LED displays with 15HD resolution. The displays located at both ends of the pitch provide a combined space total of 83 square metres.
Daktronics regional manager Ewan Prentice said: “We are all very proud and thankful at Daktronics to all the stadiums for trusting and supporting Daktronics in what we do., I feel it speaks volumes of who we are and what we believe in. I’m very proud to have been involved in each installation, as every venue took on a new challenge. Each venue trusted Daktronics to help guide them through the process, focusing on embracing the very latest innovations in technology with the goal of enhancing the game day experience for all involved.”