Just months after installing their giant scoreboards inside the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota manufacturers Daktronics and Digi International recently struck again - this time installing their winning score-keeping technologies inside the Target Center, which is undergoing 18 months of renovations.
Many fans will see one of the biggest scoreboard in the Midwest Saturday at the Minnesota Lynx game or next month when the Minnesota Timberwolves return to play their first preseason game at home.
For die-hard football fans, slip inside the massive U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to also get a look at made-in-Minnesota score keeping at its finest.
The Daktronics plant in Redwood Falls, Minn. designed more than 25,000 square feet of LED score boards within the new U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings now play.
Daktronics asked Digi International to build the "Neo PCI Express serial port" software that synchronizes the display of all the scores, clocks and count downs across the massive stadium. Digi's timing technology, which was made in Lewiston, Minn., eliminates "time drift" and insures that all critical game information is displayed simultaneously.
The end result is that no matter where a fan looks, they can quickly receive accurate information about the game score, time remaining, field location or game situation. The technology will also be used to display information in case of an emergency within the building.
“Fans expect a top-notch game-day experience, and providing up-to-date game information such as game clock, scoring and other stats is important to our customers,” said Daktronics Software Product Manager Tony Kuck. “Selecting Minnesota-[made] components from Digi International was critical to providing a superior overall display solution.”
Daktronics scoreboards with Digi technology are also used at Target Field (Minnesota Twins), Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild) and TCF Bank Stadium (University of Minnesota).
Nationwide, Daktronics scoring or display equipment is used in half of all major league soccer facilities, 75 percent of all NBA facilities, 80 percent of NFL and NHL facilities, and 100 percent of major league baseball facilities.