Jan. 9, 2013
Before the just-finished college football season, LED display provider Lighthouse and Panasonic PCS installed Lighthouse Impact 16 LED digital signage displays and two sets of LED video fascia at Ohio Stadium, the iconic "Horseshoe" home of Ohio State Buckeyes football, according to a recent announcement from the companies.
The Panasonic/Lighthouse LED displays oversaw an undefeated season this past fall, with the LED displays leading the Buckeye faithful in traditional cheers and kept fans informed with scores and game updates around the Big Ten and the rest of the college football world.
The project features a main LED display screen measuring 124 feet wide by 42 feet tall, for more than 5,200 square feet of LED video — nearly doubling the size of Ohio Stadium's previous LED video display.
"Lighthouse is excited to work with Panasonic at Ohio Stadium," said Ed Whitaker, Lighthouse N.A.S.A. director of sales. "Ohio Stadium houses one of college football's great programs, and our collaboration with Panasonic and the Ohio State University has helped make a great stadium even better."
The Horseshoe's main LED display is built with Lighthouse's Impact 16 LED video panel, which the company says is the U.S.'s first waterproof SMD LED video chip for outdoor applications and has a wide viewing angle and 6000-plus nits brightness levels. Lighthouse's Impact series offers a large panel for quick installation, is IP65 rated and provides front and rear access and easy-release IM structure for simple maintenance, the company said. The Impact 16's 16-bit processing technology heightens brightness levels, color contrast and image quality for indoor or outdoor venues with bright ambient light.
Panasonic and Lighthouse also included two LED video fascia displays, combining for 340 linear feet of LED video. The fascia displays deliver coordinated images, video, animations, live statistics and scores, with a special section designated for closed captioning.
"Ohio Stadium was an opportunity for Panasonic and Lighthouse to elevate the game day experience for Buckeyes fans," Whitaker said "Combined with the game on the field, our technology makes a Saturday afternoon of Ohio State football tough to beat."
The companies also recently announced a similar installation at Michigan State University's Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
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