When fans go to TQL Stadium, they will be entertained by the play on the pitch and the visual experience provided by Daktronics at FC Cincinnati matches.
Four LED displays totaling more than 6,200ft2 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 8,000ft2 of LED signage. FC Cincinnati CMO Meg Ryan said:
The main video board is a key element to our fan experience. 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.
Video displays at each end of the stadium and ribbon displays along each sideline’s seating fascia will surround fans in a visual experience only available inside the stadium.
The main video display will measure approximately 23ft high by 151ft wide – the longest main video display at a soccer-specific stadium – and the auxiliary display will measure 23ft high by 50.5ft wide. Both displays will feature 13HD pixel layouts to bring excellent image clarity and contrast to all imagery shown for fans to enjoy.
Daryl Mihal, Daktronics regional manager, said:
The amazing new venue with the latest technology in displays and control systems will deliver an unforgettable fan experience. 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 2.5ft high by 332.5ft long and the other will measure 2.5ft high by 366ft 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. This offers a desirable advertising medium and more digital space for dynamic graphics to elevate the game-day experience.
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.
Daktronics will also be including its powerful Show Control solution with this installation. This industry-leading system provides a combination of display control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.