Daktronics to fit LED displays at new Nashville SC stadium

Major League Soccer club Nashville SC has selected audiovisual systems manufacturer Daktronics to design, manufacture and install six LED displays at its new 30,000-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

The displays will provide game-day entertainment and information for fans. A main video display will be included at one end of the facility, with further auxiliary, fascia, field-level and entry displays to also be fitted.

The main display will feature 10-millimetre pixel spacing and measure approximately 34 feet high by 60 feet wide. An auxiliary display in the opposite corner will also feature 10-millimetre pixel spacing and measure more than 20 feet high by 54 feet wide.

An entry gate display will feature 16-millimetre pixel spacing and measure around 35 feet high by 65 feet wide. Long, narrow LED displays will be placed along the seating fascia and around the pitch, with the two fascia displays to measure around three feet high by 262 feet wide with 16-millimetre pixel spacing, and the pitch-level display to measure around two feet high by 560 feet long with 10-millimetre pixel spacing.

All the displays will be capable of variable content zoning, which will allow them to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Kyle Adams, Daktronics regional sales manager, said: “The LED technology at Nashville SC Stadium will help create an amazing atmosphere for the club and their fans. We’re thrilled to be a part of bringing soccer to Nashville and helping them succeed. It’s an honour to work with their team and we look forward to the unveiling of the stadium and technology when they host their first games in 2022.”

Nashville SC chief executive Ian Ayre added: “We have said from the outset that we wanted to build a stadium that Nashville can be proud of, and as our stadium continues to take shape, bringing a technology partner such as Daktronics to the project fits perfectly with our overall ambitions for the stadium.

“As a leader in their field, their video technology will provide the best quality viewing before, during and after our games and will be a key feature of the overall fan experience. We are hugely grateful for their support and it’s another exciting step being alongside them as we unfurl our team logo and the names of our season ticket holders today, particularly as they just became a new member of our Nashville SC family.”

Nashville SC Stadium is due to open in May 2022. The team is playing at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, in the meantime.

With a capacity of 30,000, the stadium will be the largest soccer-specific ground in MLS. The stadium will cost around $335m (£240m/€278m) to build and will be located on the Nashville Fairgrounds site.

Located in the Wedgewood-Houston neighbourhood, just two miles south of downtown, Nashville’s newest sports and entertainment venue will feature a dedicated supporters’ section with over 3,000 seats, dedicated access and a bar for The Backline members, as well as seven premium areas and 27 suites.

Last month, Daktronics partnered with fellow MLS team Columbus Crew to fit six LED displays at its new stadium, which will open on July 3. The displays will span more than 8,700 square feet.

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