For the first time in the company’s history, Daktronics has crossed the $800 million mark for orders in a single fiscal year.
This milestone has been reached thanks to large projects including the LA Clippers’ massive Intuit Dome Halo Board, the largest ever double-sided halo display in an arena setting.
This almost full acre-sized scoreboard will help build the most intensive live experience in sports at Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California, set to open in 2024 as the new home of the Clippers.
Daktronics president and CEO Reece Kurtenbach said:
This milestone is a testament to our people, products and services all working together for the betterment of our customers. While large projects like Intuit Dome’s Halo Board quickly move the needle towards our goals, we value every order in every market. We enjoy working with our customers to achieve their unique business objectives through advanced audiovisual solutions; we are excited to design, manufacture and deliver our products around the world!
Daktronics is currently expanding its manufacturing capabilities in multiple locations to support the growing demand for LED displays. This includes the doubling of the company’s capacity to deliver Surface Mount Device (SMD) LED product lines and increasing production space in the Brookings factory by 90,000ft2.
The Intuit Dome Halo Board will be one of the first projects to use the new assembly line in Brookings.
Intuit Dome Halo Board
The LA Clippers’ Intuit Dome double-sided halo display will feature approximately 38,375ft2 of digital canvas – that’s more than 3,592 60-inch televisions and more than 233 million LEDs.
The Clippers specifically designed and engineered the Intuit Dome roof to accommodate the unique Halo Board, optimising sightlines from all seats and putting a priority on the viewing experience of upper-bowl seats.
The inner halo display will measure 32ft high by 623ft in circumference and the outer halo display will measure 28ft high by 661ft in circumference, making the full halo proportionally more balanced than others. The entire halo will be 4K and feature a tight 3.9-millimeter pixel layout.
Gillian Zucker, LA Clippers president of business operations, said:
We are excited to partner with Daktronics, an innovator in video displays, to develop a Halo Board that will create one of the most intense live experiences in sports.
Intuit Dome’s Halo Board is a significant undertaking for our company and we are excited to be part of the team that will deliver this unprecedented, double-sided halo display for the Clippers.
The preparation, development and conceptualizing done through intense cooperation between our engineering and Creative Services teams was critical in developing a vision for this project that connected with the many groups involved. I am proud of our team’s contribution to get to this point, and we are excited to help build the most intense live experience in sports for Clipper Nation.
Additional displays located inside and outside Intuit Dome will inform and connect with audiences as they arrive until they are seated for the main event. Large lobby displays will engage with fans and a giant 23ft-high by 190ft-wide screen will overlook the outdoor basketball court on The Plaza. Ribbon displays will be installed along seating fascia and inside seating bowl entrances, and courtside scorers tables and basket stanchion displays will also add to the game-day experience while offering opportunities to highlight sponsors throughout events. Daktronics has also already built and installed a mini Halo Board in the Clippers’ Intuit Dome Experience Center.
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The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
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