Ahead of its inaugural season at TQL Stadium, Daktronics supplied 8,000 sq ft of LED signage for the new home of MLS team FC Cincinnati. Four LED displays totaling more than 6,200 square feet were designed, manufactured and installed in 2020 to be ready for the 2021 season at the professional soccer venue located in Cincinnati, Ohio. A pitch level display was also moved to the new stadium to provide a combined total of 8,000 square feet of LED signage.
“The main video board is a key element to our fan experience,” said FC Cincinnati CMO Meg Ryan. “It is not only the widest screen in MLS, but it is also the most dynamic. Our partnership with Daktronics allows us to develop immersive fan experiences with unique content that runs on their platform. We’re excited to showcase this technology with Cincinnati and MLS.”
The main video display measures approximately 23 feet high by 151 feet wide – the longest main video display at a soccer-specific stadium – and the auxiliary display measures 23 feet high by 50.5 feet wide. Both displays feature 13HD pixel layouts to “bring excellent image clarity and contrast to all imagery shown for fans to enjoy,” reports Daktronics.
“The amazing new venue with the latest technology in displays and control systems will deliver and unforgettable fan experience,” said Daryl Mihal, Daktronics regional manager. “We’re grateful and excited to be part of this new chapter for FC Cincinnati. We can’t wait to see the newest crown jewel of the Queen City roar to life for the first match.”
Two LED ribbon displays will be installed to supplement the main displays with information and graphics while also allowing the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events. One display will measure 2.5 feet high by 332.5 feet long and the other will measure 2.5 feet high by 366 feet long. Both feature 16-millimeter pixel spacings.
Additionally, pitch level displays provided in 2019 will be moved to the new stadium to continue surrounding the playing field in LED technology.
The installation utilises Daktronics’ own Show Control solution, along with a content package that will be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services. The main and auxiliary displays are capable of variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones. These zones can show live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.